Do not Dam the River Nile in Murchison Falls Park
It is a lousy Idea – NO DAM-Save Murchison Falls – it is one of Uganda’s Natural Wonders
NO DAM-Save Murchison Falls, the most powerful Waterfall in the World. To dam, the River Nile here is simply a stupid idea. There should not even be a discussion of the proposed dam bid by the South African Bonang Power and Energy Company. But sadly, the proposal is being considered. According to an advert that was published in The New Vision Newspaper, the Ugandan Electricity Regulatory Authority has given South African energy company Bonang Power and Energy (Pty) limited the green light to undertake feasibility studies at Murchison Falls and other activities leading to the development of a 360MW power dam. The generated electricity will be sold to the Uganda Electricity Company Limited and fed to the national grid.
No, it is not April Fools Day, it is real, and Lake Murchison instead of Murchison Falls is a possibility if the Bonang Power and Energy and their partners in Uganda have their way. This is not the first time that it has been proposed that a dam should be built at Murchison Falls. The idea was being actively considered under former President of Uganda, Milton Obote. The idea then faded into nothingness when he was removed from power.
The short-sighted bureaucrats at the Ugandan Electricity Regulatory Authority have made a mistake not to reject outright such an ill-thought through the project. Anyone with enough sense, understanding of the implications for Uganda as a Tourist Destination would have done so.
To trade a Major Tourist Attraction – a locally sacred Site to the Bunyoro Kingdom, a natural Wonder on the Nile for a few megawatts is just economic nonsense and must be stopped before it is allowed to go any further.
Even Idi Amin, who as president of Uganda, ruined the Economy, destroyed tourism by closing down parks to visitors. He, himself, however, enjoyed Murchison Falls Park very much, he enjoyed the Falls, the River Nile, and its wildlife. He did not build a dam, propose a dam, he changed the name of the Falls to Kabalega Falls after the King of the Bunyoro Kingdom.
One finds such a ludicrous proposal as building a dam at Murchison Falls perplexing since it is counter to what President Museveni has said about Tourism, and preserving Uganda’s Natural Scenic wonders which make Uganda the Pearl of Africa. President Museveni is a frequent visitor to the park and knows that it is one of the crown jewels of Ugandan Tourism, why then would others mess with that.
NO DAM-Save Murchison Falls – Uganda is about to make a mistake that will cost a lot of money in terms of lost Tourism Dollars, lost Tourism-related jobs. Tourist, domestic, or international ones will not come to visit Lake Murchison Park. Tourists come to see the most powerful waterfall in the World, they come to see and experience it along with the wildlife found here.
NO DAM-Save Murchison Falls – the Most Powerful Waterfall in the World. We do not want Lake Murchison. There is already is one in Tasmania, Australia. We already have Lake Bujagali, lake Isimba, Lake Karuma where former Tourist Attractions were tampered with.
We already have oil exploration and upcoming oil extraction from the earth at Murchison Falls and no second potentially ruinous Projects to local Wildlife, Birds, and Tourism, both International and Domestic are necessary.
The potential financial loss outweighs the temporary gain of a few megawatts. The loss to Tourism, tourism-related jobs for communities around Murchison Fall far outweighs temporary electrical gains.
Most Ugandans are still unaware of the dam proposal. If they knew about it would raise their blood pressure a bit.
One remembers the Mabira Forest Protests and shudders. This is for many Ugandans an even more passionate issue. The Solution is simple, deny the application and proposal.
Destroying the most powerful waterfall in the world is equivalent to selling one’s soul to the devil for temporary gains. Enough has been sacrificed at the altar of progress and development. Destroying Murchison Falls in the name of development is a regression, a step backward. It is in the opinion of some unpatriotic to further damage the Pearl of Africa by destroying one of its national symbols that Uganda has been entrusted with.
For 70 plus Years and longer Murchison Falls has been one of Uganda Prime Tourist Attraction.
The British explorers, Tourists, were John Speke, and James Grant were the first Europeans to visit Murchison Falls and Karuma Falls in 1862. Samuel and Florence Baker visited in 1863-4, and a hippo overturned their boat. They were the ones that named the falls Murchison Falls after the geologist Roderick Murchison, then the president of the Royal Geographical Society.
Long before Gorilla Tourism, there were hundreds of Tourists flocking to Murchison Falls Park in northern Uganda. To its advantage, there was the International Airport on the Lake at Butiaba, which was a half-way stop for flights from Cairo to Capetown. S.S. Robert Coryndon, a steamship which would plow the waters of Lake Albert and visitors to Murchison Falls Park. In the heyday of Murchison Falls Tourism in the 1960s, 12-Boat Trips per day would be made up to the falls for Tourists and business was booming for Uganda’s oldest Hotel, the Masindi Hotel.
If Murchison Falls had been dammed in those days, the movie, “the African Queen” would have never been made here. Ernest Hemingway would not have crashed his plane since he would have never ventured had it not been for the Falls where his plane crashed, and he was stranded for two days. British Royalty and commoners alike would not have visited in the past or the future without Murchison Falls as it is. Do not mess with true success.
NO DAM-Save Murchison Falls – it makes economic Sense! If the South African Bonang Power and Energy Company is somehow allowed to proceed with this destructive Proposal, the immediate result will a downturn in visitors to the park and Uganda, net result – a loss of Income for Uganda. The Ugandan Tourism sector, a prime contributor to the Ugandan economy, will suffer.
For years we have dealt with oil exploration, now oil extraction and refining. The original International Oil Companies respected the fragile environment and did its part to protect it. With new players in the field, one can not be so sure. A dam inside of Murchison Falls Park creating a dam would create an ecological nightmare. Not only would Tourism suffer but nature itself, the wildlife, the eco-system, and more.
Time to get Serious about Tourism in Uganda – We are a Tour Operator, we are not politicians nor are we energy experts. We do know a bit about Tourism, and we love Uganda, promoting it above our tours. Visitors to Uganda tend to be eco-conscious. While Uganda may have all the right laws protecting the environment, those laws are not always enforced. The use and manufacture of Plastic Bags continue, swamps are drained, forests are illegally and legally logged. Trees chopped down in favor of quick profits without thinking of long-term ecological consequences.
Costa Rica in Central America has restored its once lost forests. It has become a role model of what can be done. It might be prudent to send a few Ugandans there to see how it was done and replicate it here in Uganda.
Tourism is Sustainable represents clean – eco-friendly sustainable Income for Uganda: Tourism is like a garden; it has to tended and worked. One cannot just promote it. One has to deliver what one promises. If you promise the Pearl of Africa, you have to provide the pearl in all its luster. If you promise Africa as Gifted by Nature or Africa as you imagine it, only better, you have to deliver what you promise.
Tourism is Development that is non-destructive and sustainable if we deliver what we promise. We cannot take Visitors to Queen Elizabeth park on a game drive on the Kasenyi Plains and say “This is where the Lions used to be.” We have to deliver.
Uganda’s Tourism Potential is bright and filled with potential – no one else is in Control, but Uganda, we hope that tourism will be made a priority, it will help pay for alternative sources of Electricity produced with Solar or Wind generation.
NO DAM-Save Murchison Falls, the most powerful Waterfall in the World-The Video will convince why there should be no Dam at Murchison Falls both now and in the Future
President Museveni knows that Tourism is good for Uganda:
An email to State House. A short contact form message to President Museveni, an avid outdoorsman, will not be overlooked. Please keep a civil tone in your message, most likely President Museveni was unaware of the proposed Murchison Falls Dam. Thank you…
Click on the Below Link and it will take you to a Contact Form provided by State House Uganda:
Contact State House – Uganda:
POSTAL ADDRESS: P. O. Box 25497, Kampala, Uganda