By Ahura Mujuni Mark
Lubaga South MP John Ken Lukyamuzi has cautioned the Ugandan government to consider the impact the oil refinery being established in Hoima near the Albertine region would have on the tourism sector.
Lukyamuzi says that Murchison Falls National Park and queen Elizabeth National Park are a center of tourism which generates a lot of revenue to the country’s income.
He says that fumes from the oil refinery will force animals in the national parks to move away killing Uganda’s tourism.”After the oil extraction, these areas will become useless ,people will cultivate in them and the national parks will be no more,”Lukyamuzi told reporters at parliament om Friday.
Much of Uganda’s existing tourism industry revolves around the national parks, which account for 13% of the country’s total surface area. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Budongo Forest, and Murchison Falls National Park all lie in the he Northern Albertine Rift.