The Uganda wildlife Authority of late has been having problems with the management. As the saying goes, when two elephants fight, it’s the grass that suffers. Because of the wrangles among the top bosses of UWA has led to the death of animals for example elephants. Poachers have
taken this incidence to their advantage as they are continuing to kill animals in their sanctuaries under the Authority of Uganda wildlife.
A representative from Semiliki Wildlife Reserve in the western part of Uganda reported to Daily Monitor yesterday saying that poachers killed two elephants of which one was about 15 to 20 of age and the other aged five. The aim was to sell the tusks since there is a lot of money out
The representative refused to say his name and went a head to say that the UPDF soldiers on patrol surrounding the border DR Congo had got two suspects; this is because they were found with the elephant tusks after its death.
The spokesperson for UWA Lillian Nsubuga said that she was waiting for more information about the occurrence and that poaching was one of the activities they have been fighting to bring to an end. She further said that the patrol has been doing its work of touring through the park
and at times, poachers would be got and other times not. She cited a problem of having few workers who can’t do all the work because the parks are to big. More still that the locals who stay around the park taking as part of their culture and its something they can’t do with
out. Many conferences have been carried out to educate poachers and the locals that these animals bring income to the country and so they must be protected.
UWA is not actually running well after the allegations of financial indecency that was caused by the Executive Director Moses Mapesa and his
colleagues. The bosses of UWA increased their salaries and still promoted themselves to better positions. Other people wonder how this boss was elected and some people say that he was a close friend to Tourism Minister Gen Kahinda Otafiire
The work of the UWA conserves and protects all the national parks, wildlife sanctuaries as well as wildlife reserves. Another thing is tomake sure that poaching has to an end. Many people are saying that unless these problems are solved, the wild animals will continue to suffer.
Author: Sandra Nans