Wildlife authority appoints 32 ambassadors

Friday August 17 2018

By KELVIN ATUHAIRE

Kampala- The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has appointed 32 honorary wildlife ambassadors as part of its renewed efforts to protect the country’s wildlife that is in danger of extinction due to poaching, illegal trade and habitat loss.

Some of the prominent ambassadors include Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah, First Deputy Prime Minister Moses Ali and Justice minister Kahinda Otafiire who were unveiled yesterday at a meeting in Kampala.
State minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda said: “We need to conserve wildlife. Otherwise, the public will take it for granted; that is why we have inducted these people. Even though they are not with us in our day-to-day work, they can help us in expanding the conservation message.”

The Uganda Wildlife Act cap. 200 gives the UWA board of trustees the mandate to appoint honorary wildlife officers with the approval of the responsible minister. The UWA executive director nominates and presents the names to the board for their approval.

UWA board chairman Benjamin Otto urged the ambassadors to work together in wildlife conservation.

Mr Otto explained that wildlife in Uganda faces many challenges and appealed to Ugandans to work together in creating awareness of the need for wildlife conservation.

Gen Ali called for concerted efforts against poaching and asked UWA to prioritise the issue. A recent report by the Uganda’s Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) said the country loses about Shs2 billion annually in wildlife offences ranging from poaching to hunting.

The new ambassadors join the likes of city businessman Sudhir Ruparelia who was recently recognised for becoming a guardian to ‘Ruparelia’, a baby chimp at Ngamba sanctuary as a gesture of supporting conservation efforts in the country.

Although Ngamba is outside UWA’s jurisdiction, the support and compassion by Mr Ruparelia, according to Mr Gessa Simplicious, a senior conservationist, ensures welfare of wildlife species.

“It is a milestone for private stakeholders to support conservation efforts. The gesture by Mr Ruparelia should only be the start for other home grown personalities to stake some of the proceeds for conservation.

Keeping our heritage and resources such as wildlife intact should be everyone’s business in Uganda because these resources are for the benefit of all of us,” Mr Simplicious said.

List of ambassadors

Mr Jacob Oulanyah
Gen Moses Ali
Gen Kahinda Otafiire,
Mr Janat Mukwaya
Mr Daudi Migereko
Mr Akaki Ayumu Jovino
Mr Sarapio Rukundo
Ms Angella Rwabutomiize,
Mr James Lutalo
Mr Reuben Kashambuzi
Mr Masokoyi Swalikh
Ms Gloria Androa Ayikoru
Ms Janet Okori
Ms Grace Aulo Mbabazi
Dr Gladys Kalema- Zikusooka
Mr Boniface Byamukama
Mr Michael Aliyo,
Patrick Mugoya,
Dr Ludwig Seifert,
Dr Jessica Rothman
Mr. Kaddu Kiwe Sebuya
Ms Lilly Ajarova
Mr David Dulu
Ms Angie Genade
Mr Fedelis Kanyumunyu
Mr Joseph Serugo
Mr Umar Nangoli
Dr John Bosco Nuwe
Mr Raymond Engena
Mr Hussein Kato Matanda
Mr Festo Lwanga
Dr Andrew Seguya

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