Africa: Uganda Wildlife Authority refutes fire incidence outbreak at Queen Elizabeth tourism national park

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Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has refuted claims by the management of Park View Safari Lodge that the fire outbreak which resulted in the loss of property at the facility originated from the park.

Contrary to a statement by the management Park View Safari Lodge accusing the authority of being the cause of the fire, UWA said the fire originated from the facility and not from the park.

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The authority said: “We refer to a statement authored by one Solomon Oleny on behalf of the lodge and other media interviews alleging that the fire started from Queen Elizabeth National Park.

“We wish to inform the public that there has been no management burning in the park since the beginning of this year, therefore, the allegations are unfounded, untrue and should be ignored.

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“The unfortunate incident is being investigated by the Police and we urge the management of the Park View Safari Lodge to allow the investigations to take their course. We also urge them to desist from making unfounded conclusive statements that implicate UWA in the matter until we get to the bottom of what caused the fire.

“We are committed to fostering a good working relationship with Park View Safari Lodge and all stakeholders along the tourism value chain as partners in the tourism industry. we are concerned about this incident because loss to any of our stakeholders is loss to the industry and it affects UWA and the country at large.

“We extend our sympathies to the management of Park View Safari Lodge upon this unfortunate incident and pray that they overcome this and resume normal operations”.

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