UWA official wins prestigious award

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) senior warden Law Enforcement (SWLE) Mr. Lulu Itipa has joined the world of celebrities after receiving a prestigious continental award for his exceptional contribution towards elephant conservation in Africa.

Mr. Itipa’s award was announced at the African Elephant Law Enforcement Day celebration on July 20,2011 in Kenya’s Voi  town . He was among the five personalities to be pronounced the first ever Wildlife Law Enforcement heroes and he received his accolade from none other than the Kenyan President Emilio Mwai Kibaki. He brought home a gold-plated medal, a bronze –plated elephant trophy and a certificate all valued at US $460 on top of flying a premier class and a presidential hand shake.

Others recognized included officers from Congo Brazzaville, Kenya, Tanzania (posthumously) and Zambia. Countries including Congo Brazzaville, Kenya, Liberia, Lesotho, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia under the auspices of the Lusaka Agreement on Cooperative Enforcement operations Directed at Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora (LATF) set and observe the day.
The colorful awards gala held at the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Field Training School, Manyani in Voi, Taita Taveta County in Coastal province, was attended by representatives of regional governments including Uganda Wildlife Authority Chief Executive Dr. Andrew Seguya, and numerous Non Governmental organizations.
Uganda was represented by the minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage   Professor Ephraim Kamuntu who stood in for the President, Lusaka Agreement Governing Council Hon. Ezekiel Mayige who is also the Tanzanian minister for Natural Resources and Tourism. Kamuntu said Uganda is very serious at fighting wildlife crime, no wonder one of the recognized heroes came from Uganda.
At the same function, Kenya President Kibaki set ablaze 4.9 tons of raw and worked ivory.”Through burning   of this ivory, we are sending a clear message to poachers and illegal traders in wildlife about our collective resolve to fight this crime in our region and beyond,” declared the Kenyan leader.


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