The Save Murchison falls Campaign rotates about the Majestic Nile, flanked by Murchison Falls National Park (MFNP). The Savannah today is a major drawing card for area tourism. Hundreds of both local and foreign Visitors make it thru the massaging roads to see the waters of the Nile with a hike to top of the Murchison falls, where the Nile forces its way through a gap in the rocks, only 7 m wide, and tumbles 43 m before flowing westward into Lake Albert, creating miraculous events like the rainbows.
The top of the falls ushers out a magnificent frothing rampage, making it one of Uganda’s most photographed sights, a place that most fight for, a stunning historical site that was applauded by the great ancient English explorers; Samuel Baker and Florence Baker who were the first Europeans to stand in an awe at these might falls.
Save Murchison falls National Park: The planners of government of Uganda, call them, the Country’s planners, first hatched a “bright” idea to install a dam on Murchison Falls. Trading off this one-of-a-kind natural wonder for a dam is in itself a shame – a big public shame.
This however arose a serious issue to revoke the proposed idea, the Uganda tour Operators issued out a two weeks ultimatum for the government to come out public and denounce the damn dam project. On 11th June 2019 at 10:30am, the association of Uganda tour operators sat at a press conference to debate about the issue that was entitled as, “Save Murchison falls”. The Campaign seemed by then to have been a successful one, the members addressed the issue at hand, save Murchison falls, to a news conference in Kampala. In one accord, all the tour operators under their association, AUTO, criticised the plan of converting Murchison falls dam into a power station to generate about 360 megawatts of power
Thursday November 29th: The authority rules out, Uganda’s Cabinet to commission a feasibility study for the construction of a hydro-electric dam on the Nile River in Murchison Falls National Park. This reimburses the Government statement that was read by the Hon. Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu who while briefing the press at the Uganda Media Center on 27th August 2019 responded to petitions of Ugandans and the global community to discontinue the planned construction of the said 360 Megawatts Hydropower Project in Murchison Falls National Park.
The Ramsar site occupies an area totaling 173 km2 and its convergence zone between Lake Albert and the delta forms a shallow area that is important for waterbirds, especially the Pelicans, Darters, various heron species and one of the best sites in Africa for watching the Shoebills. It’s of a great social and cultural importance to the people of the area. The delta is an important spawning and breeding ground for the Lake Albert fisheries including many indigenous fish species of important conservation interest, which are the main livelihood source for the communities around Lake Albert.