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The Association of Uganda Tour Operators joined by various stakeholders and partners from conservation, civil society, academia, students, local communities have launched the Murchison Fun Run scheduled to take place on 22nd March 2020 in Kampala starting at 7am.
The run will be held in celebration of Uganda’s tourism industry with a key spotlight on Murchison Falls National Park, a protected area named after the mighty centerpiece that is Murchison Falls, the most powerful point on the world’s longest river, the Nile.
“This run is for all ages, all disciplines, all religions; everyone is welcome. Before you head to church or your weekend duties, come and run for your health while contributing towards promoting some of Uganda’s tourism endowments,” said Everest Kayondo, the AUTO Chairman
The run is purposely scheduled to take place on World Water Day, an annual UN observance day celebrated annually on 22nd March, that highlights the importance of freshwater.
It comes at a time when the government Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development is commissioning feasibility studies for a proposed Hydropower Project at Uhuru Falls located adjacent and parallel to the mighty Murchison Falls in Murchison Falls National Park, a project that has been contested countrywide and internationally.
AUTO had since petitioned various offices including the President of the Republic of Uganda, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda, the Speaker of Parliament, the Parliamentary Committee on Trade and Tourism, the Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development.
They had also made a formal objection to the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development.