KISORO – Stakeholders in the tourism industry have faulted the government for failure to tarmac tourism roads in the Kigezi sub-region.
They argue that their repeated demands to the government to tarmac the roads have fallen on deaf ears. Some of the affected roads include Kisoro-Nyarusiza-Muhabuura road which connects to Mgahinga national park, Kisoro – Rubuguri road that connects to Buhoma in Kanungu through Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Kabale-Bunyonyi road are in a sorry state and has often paralyzed transport, especially during rainy seasons.
This was during the World Wildlife day celebrations held on Tuesday at Saza playground in Kisoro district. The celebrations were under the theme “Sustaining Wildlife for the benefit of the present and future generation”.
Eng. Ivan Mbabazi Batuma, Chairperson for Kigezi Tourism Cluster says that failure for the government to implement the promise of tarmacking the roads has greatly frustrated tourism business.
Batuma says that poor roads are pushing the sector out of a global competition.
According to Batuma, most tourists now prefer visiting Rwanda due to good tarmacked roads than crossing to Uganda in Kigezi with fear of getting stuck in potholes and mud while driving to the national parks.
Abel Bizimana, Kisoro District LC5 Chairman says that however much the President in 2017 promised to tarmac tourism roads in the sub-region, nothing has been done.
Colonel Rtd Tom Butime, Minister of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities says that all the targeted tourism roads in Kigezi sub-region will be considered in the 2020/2021 financial year budget.