Manpower Shortfall Affecting Tourism Police Performance Top story

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Mwesigwa says they are still facing a challenge from communities neighboring the park who encroach on the park with their animals.

At least 4000 police officers are needed to effectively police all the national parks and tourism hotel across the country, URN has learnt.
 
Frank Mwesigwa, the Head of Tourism Police Unit, says there are currently 1000 officers in the unit, which affects the operations of the unit.
 
He says this has forced the unit to deploy fewer officers in national parks and tourism hotels that exposes them to risk.


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Mwesigwa says they are still facing a challenge from communities neighboring the park who encroach on the park with their animals.
 
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Eng. Ivan Mbabazi Batuma, the Chairperson Kigezi Tourism Cluster, says the short fall of officers has greatly affected the growth of the tourism sector.  He says there is need to recruit and deploy more officers. 

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In April this year, unidentified people poisoned 11 lions at Hamukungu fishing village in Queen Elizabeth national park.

 

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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.