Wildlife authority gets new boss

Dr. Andrew Seguya has been appointed the acting executive director of the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).

“Seguya will preside over wildlife as the board of trustees sorts itself out. Corrupt people are still fighting the board and I had to look around for a senior wildlife manager,” said trade, tourism and industry minister Kahinda Otafiire yesterday.

He added that the post of executive director would be advertised when the board has sorted out the mess.

Mark Kamanzi has been acting as the executive director from August when UWA’s management, including their boss, Moses Mapesa, was sacked over allegations of corruption.

Asked why he was going against the resolution of the board which had approved the appointment of Kamanzi as executive director, Otafiire said: “It is the prerogative of the minister to appoint the executive director of UWA.”

Otafiire said Kamanzi would revert to his post of director of corporate and legal affairs at UWA.

Seguya, who has been heading the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, was introduced to UWA’s senior management by Justus Tindigarukayo, a commissioner in the tourism ministry on Monday.

Yesterday, Seguya met UWA directors known as “Gorilla Nest” at the headquarters in Kamwokya in Kampala.

UWA was set up by an Act of Parliament in 1996, following the merger of the Uganda National Parks and the Game Department. The wildlife institution rocked by corruption scandals in the late 1990s.

However, UWA gained prominence from 2000 as a stable organisation and was a model of wildlife management in sub-Saharan Africa until recently.

By Gerald Tenywa, The New Vision