Lion Assurance Unveils Family-Focused Package

African Parks in partnership with the Rwanda Development Board will translocate seven lions from South Africa to re-introduce the species into Akagera National Park in Rwanda.

The re-introduction of lions to Rwanda is seen as a ground-breaking conservation effort for both the park and the country.

The entire wildlife and ecosystem of Akagera was destroyed in the aftermath of the genocide which included the extermination of lions that inhabited the park.

Today, malady Akagera National Park boasts more than 8, sildenafil 000 mammals, patient employs 220 Rwandans.

In Rwanda, there were serious environmental impacts of the civil war (1990-1994).

Hundreds of hectares of high-altitude forest were cut down for fuel wood and timber by IDP, many of whom were forced onto steep, ecologically fragile hillsides in the densely-populated northwest.

About 15 000 hectares of plantation forest were destroyed, and 35 000 hectares damaged, during the conflict and the immediate aftermath.

The lack of protection for the national parks meant that poaching and harvesting of natural resources greatly increased.


In 1991 the Forces Armées Rwandaises (FAR) cut a swathe of 50-100 metres wide bordering an important trail through the bamboo forest in the park, in order to reduce the threat of ambush by RPF guerrillas.

Many animals were also killed in the Akagera National Park by the military confrontations.

With tourism being the biggest foreign exchange earner for the country, Rwanda seems determined to pull more visitors.

Rwanda tourism revenues increased from $293m in 2013, to $303m in 2014.

Rwanda Development Board targets hitting the $860m mark by 2016.

“The return of lions to Akagera is a conservation milestone for the park and the country,” said Peter Fearnhead, CEO of African Parks.

“Restoring national parks to their former biodiversity state is a key deliverable of the African Parks conservation model and we, in conjunction with our government partner, the Rwanda Development Board, are delighted to have been able to re-introduce one of the most charismatic species to this beautiful national park.”


Rwanda Development Board said in a statement seen by ChimpReports that the “group of lions destined for Akagera includes five females that have been donated by Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve and two males that have been donated by Tembe Elephant Reserve, an Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife protected area.”

Located in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, both are relatively small, confined reserves where it is necessary to occasionally move surplus lions to avoid overpopulation.

RDB said in the prime of their lives, the lions have been selected based on future reproductive potential and their ability to contribute to social cohesion – young adults, sub-adult females, young adult males with different genetics – and associations such as adult female with sub-adult female and adult male coalitions.

The lions have already been captured and are being held in bomas on Phinda and on Tembe.

On 29 June the lions were tranquilised, placed in individual slatted, pen-crates and loaded onto trucks for their journey to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

They were fitted with satellite collars, which will enable the Akagera National Park management team to monitor their movements and reduce the risk of the lions entering community areas.

As an additional precautionary measure, the park fence has been predator-proofed.

On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg the seven lions were immediately loaded onto a charter flight and flown to the capital of Rwanda, Kigali, from where they were transported by road to Akagera National Park.

The lions on June 30 were accompanied and monitored by a veterinary team with experience in translocations.

On arrival in Akagera National Park, they were set to be placed in a specially constructed 1,000m² boma in the north of the park.

Split into two separate enclosures, the perimeter features a three-metre high, chain-linked electrified fence.

A water reserve was constructed within the boma and the lions will be fed game meat while in the enclosure.

They were quarantined for a minimum of 14 days, during which they will be continually monitored, before being released into the wilderness of the park.

Ambassador Yamina Karitanyi, the Chief Tourism Officer at the Rwanda Development Board said, “It is a breakthrough in the rehabilitation of the park under the public private partnership between the Rwanda Development Board and African Parks.”

Yamina added: “The return of lions will encourage the natural balance of the ecosystem. Rwandans and visitors will now have the chance to see one of Africa’s ‘Big Five’ animals in one of the continent’s most diverse national parks, cementing Rwanda’s status as conservation focused, all-in-one safari destination.”
Lion Assurance has launched a refreshed personal insurance package and campaign that is oriented toward addressing needs of families in Uganda.

The “If you love it Insure It” campaign that was launched today is a promotion for the Lion Personal Insurance package that includes Lion Motor Guard, look Home and Household Insurance and Family Personal Accident Insurance.

Announcing the package and campaign at a press briefing at the Lion Assurance offices in Kampala, Mr Newton Jazire the Lion Assurance Managing Director said the Lion Personal Insurance has been remodeled to address customers changing demands.

According to Mr. Jazire, statistics indicate that cars in Uganda maybe well over the 800,000 mark but some of these may no-longer be actively on the road.

“Housing construction is booming and more individuals are starting families. While growth in wealth and expansion of families comes with numerous benefits, it also means that more people risk losing a car, a house, a household item, and having a person in their homes getting an accident,” said Mr Jazire.

“It is for this reason that we thought it wise, to revamp our Personal Insurance product,” he added.

The Lion Motor Guard Insurance has been broken down into five sub-categories each designed to meet customers’ specifications, Lion Home and Household Insurance which insures the house and belongings like refrigerators, TVs, furniture and Lion Family Personal Accident Insurance that insures family members including the baby-sitter, gardener, and askari against accidents.

The Lion Assurance Managing Director revealed that the company’s year-on-year innovations are a clear testimony that Lion Assurance understands its customers’ demands and responds to them.

Mr Ibrahim Kadunnabi, the CEO Insurance Regulatory Authority, commended Lion Assurance and urged other insurance companies operating in Uganda to come up with appropriate products to drive demand for insurance services.

“Uganda has the lowest insurance uptake in the region estimated at 0.85 per cent compared to Kenya’s 3.5 per cent, Rwanda’s 2.3 per cent and Tanzania’s 1.1 per cent. I must say, we have come from somewhere to get there. Insurance penetration increased from 0.601% in 2009 to 0.675% in 2013,” Mr Kadunnabi said.

“Therefore if insurance companies are to remain relevant they need to re-invent themselves, “he added.

He thanked the government of Uganda for its varied efforts geared at creating a conducive political environment and legal framework for insurance players to operate in.

According to Mr Kadunnabi, Uganda’s insurance sector’s gross premiums gradually but tremendously increased to about Shs500 billion in 2014 from Shs35 billion in 2000.


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