Only visitors aged six years and above will be allowed to the centre because they must wear masks. UWEC has maintained entrance fees at sh5,000 for children under 14 years and sh10,000 for adults. Before the outbreak of Covid-19, the government had allocated over sh800m for infrastructure development at the animal centre.
Several structures have been put inplace, including new animal holdings, a floating restaurant, a giraffe holding area, elephant exhibition centre, ramp rand for disabled persons, Zakayo monument among others.
Other developments are; security cameras, greening the environment and revamping structures among others.
“We are delivering on our workplan target and we are surely back with a bang,” Musinguzi said.
According to Francis Okello, who is overseeing the installation of cameras at UWEC, there will be easy dissemination of footage from the new-installed cameras through the control room to any website or medium of communication.
“Authorised officials will also be able to remotely access these cameras, hence will be able to monitor whatever shall be taking place at the facility,” Okello explained.
Govt to take charge of Zoo
Unlike in the past where money collected at the gate would be spent at the centre, now all monies collected at UWEC shall be remitted to the consolidated fund. In return, government will be advancing the centre with all the money for feeding animals among other costs. “Our budget this financial year 2020/2021 is sh13.11b out of which, sh6.46b is for recurrent expenditure whereas sh6.65b is for capital development,” stated Musinguzi.
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