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Who is the rapist in UWA affair?

By Vision Reporter

Added 21st August 2010 03:00 AM

UWA stands for Uganda Wildlife Authority. Very briefly, for space is scant (as obviously is meaningful sense in what is currently happening there) UWA, by Statute, looks after wild life: fauna and flora.

UWA stands for Uganda Wildlife Authority. Very briefly, for space is scant (as obviously is meaningful sense in what is currently happening there) UWA, by Statute, looks after wild life: fauna and flora.

By John Nagenda

UWA stands for Uganda Wildlife Authority. Very briefly, for space is scant (as obviously is meaningful sense in what is currently happening there) UWA, by Statute, looks after wild life: fauna and flora.

Without its steady and serious control, these would be trampled into the ground, sometimes forever! While people, human beings, ourselves, can speak up for us, our other partner, the Wild Life, is singularly un-adaptable to communicate back to us in languages we understand.

And yet if dialogue between us collapses, the results are certain to be dire, and perhaps irreversible. Take, for example, the Common Bee, and other pollinators.

Unless we give them respect and space for what they bring into the relevant symbiotic chain, flowers will die and by that route so will the busy bees that feed on them.

And then what about the honey? The earth and all in it would have been degraded. It is why Uganda joined in the struggle to protect Life, both tamed and wild, to co-exist for the benefit of each to the other. No sane person could disagree so far. Until now!

What is currently happening at UWA gives serious food for thought. Who seek to rape it; from where did they come, and what for?

More importantly, how quickly can they be stopped, destroyed, in their evil tracks, for the sake of our Land?

Do they emanate from within the UWA leadership which has generally been in place for the last decade or so? But if so, why has UWA not self-imploded before? Why, on the contrary, has it been seen, internally and internationally, as a Success Story?

As someone who has been, as UWA chairman, a central cog in that wheel, I hope I have something to contribute. First, when the new Chairman, after only a couple of months, sits on his hind paws (we are talking wildlife) and says of Moses Mapesa, the dedicated Executive Director for the last seven years, that he is incompetent (a sick joke) he should show cause.

This baying, posturing braggart hasn’t stopped there. He has made allegation after allegation, including impropriety, against Mapesa and his team. He is said to be a minor functionary at Dr Ian Clarke’s hospital.

His breakneck speed (why?) and the rate at which he pops up with announcements, some contradicting each other, border on hysteria. Who is the monkey driving this man? For he could not move without huge back support, especially in so short a time.

Obviously he has that strong prop. Could they even possibly be in cohorts, and might it be for that reason that he was recruited? It was certainly not by his Permanent Secretary at the Ministry, who announced clearly that if the Chairman was interested in raising his and the Board’s emoluments, it had to be within limits, which he named.

The PS, let it not be forgotten, is the Ministry’s accounting officer, not his Minister; the latter’s contribution was to scornfully retort that the Chairman and his board were not serving maids. Good for them! But it was clear where he stood in the matter.

Might the Minister and his UWA chairman be involved in a hot tango? Rightly or wrongly the Minister in question, Gen. Kahinda Otafiire, is often stalked by scandals imitating hungry hyenas. Certain unfortunate people suffer from this pestilence, the nasty smell chasing them wherever positioned!

The question returns to who these rapists are, and the price of their blood-sucking. Is the raping being carried out by UWA executives, or by the Ministry in charge, or by a combination of both?

Government must institute a serious Inquiry, and hang metaphorically by the neck those responsible until they are dead.

The brand new UWA Chairman, has set up ludicrous investigating committees of his own which must be pronounced dead in the water, and thrown out along with himself.

The costs of these committees are staggering. There are four of them, of which two are Ernst & Young (Sh. 42,000,000), Nkuringo Inquiry:

94,000,000; but all four to be paid by UWA! If this is not daylight rape, what is it to be called? For the Chairman it has been calculated that he could bag Sh. 9,000,000 a month, a planet away from the Sh. 300,000 recommended by the Permanent Secretary.

And what do you suppose the newly-enriched character says? “I don’t need money, I have plenty of it!” Doubtless he has already counted his new funds (although the chicks, cheques, haven’t yet hatched!) Let the old adage cruelly be proved to him.

Then there’s the raping of reputations, although High Court has stepped in. Cabinet, IGG, in the name of this Nation do your duty!

I had meant to kick off this week’s Column with the exciting polls’ figures of how the nation would vote in next year’s elections. Alas I have wasted space (but hopefully not in vain).

For those who didn’t see them: incumbent Museveni 52%, dear old Besigye 16%, DP’s Mao 5%. Fair enough. I was invited by BBC to reply to Olara Otunnu’s treacle-voiced comments on Uganda, and especially on his popularity.

I said hardly noticeable: 3.14%! Thank you Senior Adviser, they said. No, thank you, your columnist replied! We shall crow further next week.

Who is the rapist in UWA affair?

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