Museveni writes to IGG over UWA boss dirty dealings

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Andrew Seguya

President Yoweri Museveni written to the Inspectorate of Government to investigate Uganda Wildlife Authority [UWA] Executive Director, Dr. Andrew Sseguya.

Museveni made his communication in a letter dated May 2, 2017 letter addressed to Irene Mulyagonja, the Inspector General of Government.

“I writing to request to investigate wrong doing in the Uganda Wildlife Authority,” Museveni writes.

He cited the export of Pangolin, its meat and scales contrary to international conventions.

“Some Chinese have been licensed by UWA to do that,” Museveni further noted.

This follows a July 2014 permit that UWA issued for the export of over 7000 kg of pangolin scales to Laos.

Pangolin scales, skin and meat are all highly valued, making it the most illegally traded mammal in the wild, according to International Union for the Conservation of Nature-IUCN.

Pangolin meat is a delicacy among the newly affluent parts of China and Vietnam.

According to Museveni’s letter, UWA officials are collaborating with Li Wejin and Yinzhi, both Chinese diplomats to export ivory from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan.

There was also a theft of 1,300Kgs of impounded Ivory worth Shs3bn from the UWA stores.

Museveni further cites extravagant travels by UWA employees, criminal activities in parks as rangers fight to share spoils of dirty dealings and procuring soft-ware on matters concerning gorillas.

Letter credit: URN