Save Murchison Falls
Murchison Falls National Park is incomplete without Murchison Falls. While growing up, elders taught us about protecting and conserving natural resources. This was so because they believed we were all caretakers of resources in our surroundings. It is because of this background and knowledge that we are strongly standing up to save Murchison Falls.
Tourism stakeholders in Uganda championed by the private sector associations like the Association of Uganda Tour Operators(AUTO) and Uganda Safari Guides Association have stood up to strongly condemn the proposal to construct a hydroelectric power plant along the river that feeds Murchison Falls. This would not only destroy the falls from which the park derives its name but also endanger the lives of various endangered plant and animal species that are part of this ecosystem and eventually affect the tourism industry which contributes over 10% to Uganda’s economy.
Government agencies including Uganda Tourism Board, Uganda Wildlife Authority, and several others were all amazed at the idea that was logically presented by a hydroelectric power generating firm (names withheld) to construct a dam in Murchison Falls National Park.
The intention behind the proposal to construct a dam was to generate power that is apparent even in surplus in Uganda. This is the most preserved waterfall regarded as the jewel of Africa and therefore tampering with it would destroy an iconic attraction not only in Uganda but Africa and the world at large.
There is a rationale behind the “Save Murchison Falls” campaign. Despite the previous silence from the tourism gurus, this time they fiercely reacted to the selfish act that wanted to see the beautiful falls destroyed.