President Museveni has promised to install CCTV cameras in all national parks in the country.
This, the President said, would to reduce on poaching and stealing of government property.
He made the revelation while commissioning the 10km elephant deterrent electric fence at Kyambura Gorge (Queen Elizabeth National Park) on Thursday,
“We are going to introduce cameras in these parks. Game rangers will be able to monitor animals, poachers even thieves who steal government properties will be arrested,” said Museveni.
Museveni encouraged residents nearing national parks to embrace tourism so their household incomes can be diversified.
According to Sam Mwandah, Executive Director Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) the deterrent fence is specifically targeting big animals such as Elephants from accessing plantations of the residents near the park.
“We are going to do more fences of this kind in many of our parks and this will help to avoid human-wildlife conflicts,” said Mwandah.
Some of the residents welcomed the idea of the fence because they had resumed the growing of cotton since food crops have always been destroyed by animals.
Over 50km of an electric fence are planned to be constructed before this financial year ends. The project will not only be implemented in Queen Elizabeth but it will also be extended to Murchison falls National Park.