Queen Elizabeth National Park is in southwest Uganda and is the most visited Savannah in the country. The Uganda wildlife authority releases 20 per cent of revenue sharing funds in order to improve the livelihoods of the host communities of the areas around Queen Elizabeth National Park. UWA has gone ahead to blame the local governments of the surrounding areas of the park for failing to account for the funds they give them. UWA has also gone ahead to withhold shs.
The 3 billion that was meant for the financial years of 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 until the previous funds are accounted for. These funds are to help communities adjacent to the parks start projects aimed at solving the human-wildlife conflicts which have remained a major challenge.
Some of the beneficiaries in the park, call them the communities residing in this Savannah include the leopard village-this is a community run, socio and economic development initiative that holds the authentic culture cuisines of the pearl of Africa. This promotes cultural and wildlife conservation through ecotourism that boosts not only the well fare of the natives but also a source of revenue to the country.
Some of the tour replicas that include communities in Queen Elizabeth National Park, one can visit traditional huts of the Banyabindi, Bakonzo, and Basongora ethnic groups, watch traditional song and dance performances, and purchase souvenirs made by local communities.
“We have not released funds to the benefiting districts because authorities failed to account for the funds,” said Mr Edward Asalu, the manager of Queen Elizabeth conservation area.
He narrated that those concerned and responsible for this manner and have failed to account for the funds or misused them will be held accountable.
He proceeded that, “I was in Kasese recently for a security meeting and we resolved to start arresting those who misused our funds. We shall move in all districts that benefit from our funds until we get the value for our money,” . This came to hands that over 20% of the funds collected and meant for support the communities in the park to finance the local projects aimed at solving the human–wild life conflicts remains a challenge.