Fire Guts Kyambura Game Lodge Top story

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Kyambura Game lodge has been a popular destination for tourists because of its strategic location and ecofriendly nature.

Fire has gutted Kyambura Game lodge in Kicwamba Sub County in Rubirizi district. The fire is said to have started from the nearby Queen Elizabeth National park before spreading to the cottages in Kyambura Game lodge on Wednesday evening.

The fire managed to spread fast to the lodge because of the thicket that was preserved to maintain a natural environment. The lodge is separated from the park by Kyambura gorge. 
Kyambura Game lodge has been a popular destination for tourists because of its strategic location and ecofriendly nature. 

The lodge belongs to local businessman, Robert Byakutaga. According to staff, the fire gutted 8 cottages, a bar, restaurant, laundry and the reception. The workers attempted to put out the fire using water and sand in vain.

Sylvia Musiimenta, a worker at the lodge told URN that game park officials usually burn pasture to allow regrowth. Lydia Byakutaga, the wife of the proprietor of the lodge told URN that everything was reduced to ash.
Ahmed Hasunira, the Rubirizi District Police Commander confirmed the destruction, saying they were yet to record a statement from the proprietor of the lodge. Rubirizi District Police relies on fire brigade services at the Greater Bushenyi Police headquarters in Bushenyi district.

Uganda Wildlife Authority couldn't be reached for comment by the time of filing this story.


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For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.