Kisoro district is set to receive over 870 million shillings as Revenue sharing fund before the end of this week, according to the district tourism officer Munezero Richard.
In an exclusive interview with our reporter, Munezero said that communities around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park have a lion’s share of the funds summing to over 500 million shillings while those around Mgahinga national park will only get over 200 million shillings.
He noted that different communities have desired to invest the money in different projects in accordance with the law that states that 70% of the money goes to conservation projects while 30% goes to livelihood projects.
These projects include livestock, renovation of health centers, and rehabilitation of buffalo walls, and Tents among others.
Munezero says that despite the covid-19 effect, tourism in Kisoro district is at its peak and is expected to stretch to the month of December this year. He adds that there is an expectation of more tourists early next year if covid-19 becomes history.
Meanwhile,Munezeero says that he is concerned about community members that have resorted to stoning tourists and their vehicles for failure to give them money as they pass by their areas.
He asked people to desist from this harmful activity because they will be liable for their actions in courts of law. He noted that the habit is common along Kisoro-Rubuguri Road through Mukozi and along Rubuguri-Katojo road through Nyamatsinda village.
He called upon the LC1 Chairmen, GISOs and other leaders in these areas to protect tourism in the country.