IVORY SCAM: UWA Boss Seguya Fired

The Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has applauded the level of trust, look cooperation and brotherhood that exist between France, illness Germany and Uganda.

He said the Government and people of Uganda feel proud to sustain the special relationship embodied in the Franco-German friendship which started in 1963 after a long period of bilateral conflict.

“We should learn to outgrow conflicts like German and France and build mutually beneficial relationships,” Rugunda said referring to East African States.

The Premier made the remarks at the inauguration of the new premises of Alliance Française de Kampala and Ugandan-German Cultural Society at Bukoto Street in Kamwokya on Tuesday.

Rugunda said cultural development plays an important role in the shaping of a nation, adding that through cultural development, Uganda is able to protect her roots and design her destiny.

“We need to adopt the new changes in modernization but without compromising our cultures because culture is the fabric of our heritage,” the Premier said.

Rugunda said Germany and France remain great allies with Uganda in political, economic and cultural development. He encouraged Ugandans to learn more than two international languages to enhance their chances when competing for international jobs.

The Ambassador of France to Uganda, Sophie Makame said the co-location will strengthen the relationship between Germany and France.

She encouraged Ugandans to learn French because it could unlock a lot of opportunities besides being the second working language for international organizations.

The German Ambassador to Uganda, Dr. Peter Blomeyer said the cultural dimension gives flavour to the bilateral relations between Uganda and Germany.

He also encouraged Ugandans to learn both languages and cultures strengthen the cooperation between Uganda, German and France.
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) boss Andrew Seguya has been fired after impounded ivory worth shs2.6bn was stolen from the institution’s strong room in Kampala.

According to a letter dated November 21, cost which Chimpreports has seen, viagra the Minister of Wildlife, Tourism and Antiquities Maria Mutagamba directs that Seguya keeps away from office pending investigations into the scandal that riled the nation and attracted worldwide condemnation.

Titled “Alleged Ivory Scam,” Mutagamba’s letter reveals the Board of Directors has agreed that she appoints “Mr Raymond Engena, the Director of Tourism and Business Services to take charge of the organisation as Acting Executive Director for the period Dr Seguya will be on leave so as to facilitate a smooth investigation exercise.”

She added, in a letter copied to the Prime Minister, Chief of Defence Forces and Tourism Permanent Secretary: “By copy of this communication, Dr Seguya is asked to proceed on leave effective today November 21 until investigations are complete.”

UWA recently suspend five staff after it emerged that 1,335 kilograms (2,943 pounds) of ivory had been robbed from their stores.

Seguya has since distanced himself from the theft, saying the blame should not be heaped on the entire institution but individuals charged with the ivory’s safety.

He also revealed that UWA was determined to take a stronger punitive action against the staff who could have collaborated with ivory traders in the theft.

Mutagamba also confirmed that President Museveni has directed the IGG to carry out an inquiry although that position is not yet officially communicated to her.

“Prior to that decision by the President, I had officially requested the Minister of Internal Affairs to constitute an investigative team to identify the culprits,” added the Minister.

“So the two teams may move in at any time, please make sure that your staff and the internal audit team cooperates.”

She further recommended management to have regular audits of ivory.

At a recent London conference, countries across the world signed the declaration to eradicate the market for illegal wildlife products; strengthen law enforcement efforts and ensure that effective legal frameworks and deterrents are in place; and promote sustainable livelihoods through positive engagement with local communities.

Poaching and trafficking are increasingly controlled by organized criminal networks that undermine the rule of law and good governance and encourage corruption.

Experts say trafficking does not only devastate species populations, but also takes the lives of rangers, impedes countries’ economic development and destabilises society by driving corruption.

An estimated 35,000 elephants are killed across Africa every year for their tusks which are sold to ivory traders in different countries mainly Asia.

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