By Kyamanduma Patrick,
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has increased security measures in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
This follows the death of a British and South African tourist couple, along with their guide, who were allegedly killed by suspected ADF rebels two weeks ago.
The assailants also set fire to the tourists’ vehicle, which belonged to Gorilla and Wildlife Safaris.
During a tour of the park with UWA, military deployment was visible in isolated areas within the park. A joint team of crime experts from Uganda, Britain, and South Africa were also seen reconstructing the crime scene.
Pontius Ezuma, the Chief Warden of Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area, said that comprehensive security measures have been put in place.
These include a permanent military presence in the park, increased police and military patrols on park roads, the use of drone surveillance cameras for aerial monitoring, community sensitization, and mobilization of locals as the first line of defense. Mr. Pontius speaking….
Bashir Hangi, the UWA Manager for Communication, explained that the introduction of drone surveillance systems will enhance park security and protect the integrity of wildlife habitats.
He added that the drones also provide real-time information of what is happening in the different parts of the park, to determine suitable responses.
Mr. Hangi speaking……
Hangi also said that drones have been deployed in five other conservation areas. END.