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Government mandated to protect flora and fauna

By Titus Kakembo

Added 22nd May 2019 11:36 AM

“The culprits stay warned that no effort will be spared to protect our national heritage,” asserted Kamuntu.

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Minister of Tourism, Antiquities and Wildlife, Ephraim Kamuntu addressing the gathering while USAI Uganda Environment Unit leader Shawns Hirch looks on. (Photo by Titus Kakembo)

“The culprits stay warned that no effort will be spared to protect our national heritage,” asserted Kamuntu.

The Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ephraim Kamuntu has assured the populace that government has the mandate to protect the: flora, fauna and most of all its people from natural and artificial hazards.
“Especially now when the whole world is threatened by the effects of climate change,” stressed Kamuntu. “Therefore, government will not sit on its proverbial laurel and watch greedy people encroach on: forests, swamps and lakes at a time when droughts and floods have become common occurrences.”
Kamuntu  made the remarks at the ministry  headquarters  on Tuesday while signing a memorandum of understanding between Uganda government,  US counterparts, Kent State University (KSU) and Uganda Wildlife Institute of Research Training Institute(UWIRT.) He hastened to call for an immediate cease-fire in the raging war between humans and wildlife.

 The Royal Mile is popular with birders who stand a chance to log more than 100 species in a day. (Photo by Titus Kakembo )        

“The culprits stay warned that no effort will be spared to protect our  national heritage,” asserted Kamuntu. “Imagine the future generation being told there was once: Mabira Forest, a lion, rhino or an elephant when all there is to show are photographs.”
Prof. Andrew Lepp from KSU concurred that climate change is no longer affecting EU, US or Asia but the entire world.
“The more reason this venture will have the 35,000 students in KSU and 800 professors’ brain storm and come up  with solutions to these challenges of our times,” said Lepp. “We are bound to swap scholars and lecturers.”
For a start there are four students from Lepp namely: Krista Caraway, Benjamin Cozzens, Clyde Ritenour and Grace Mclaughlin destined to join their counterparts at UWIRT.
“The ambitious guest students are determined to find solutions to the grass chocking the vegetation where grazers feed in Queen Elizabeth National Park and how people can live in harmony with wildlife for a better tomorrow.”
The visiting scholars are pregnant with great expectation in Queen Elizabeth National Park which has hit headlines in the recent past for the good and bad news. It bagged accolades from tourism gurus like Trip Advisor, National Geographic and CNN.
“But in equal measure it was condemned when a pride of 11 lions were poisoned,” observed Ritenour. “We hope to come up with data that will enable the powers that be to get lasting solutions.”

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