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Has Uganda Wildlife Authority forgotten its mandate?
The New Vision newspaper run a chilling  story on January 21st 2015 that  the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities have cleared a Wildlife trader, one Smith Ewa Maku, to export seven tonnes of pangolin scales estimated to be worth sh11 billion (Approximately USD 4.2million).

The willingness of UWA to issue  a license for export of pangolin scales of such magnitude shows the institution's reluctance in fulfilling its mandate of preserving, protecting and conserving wildlife in trust for the people of Uganda.

For one to acquire pangolin scales, they have to have killed the animal; therefore UWA licensing the export of these scales tantamounts to licensing the killing of the pangolins which contravenes the provisions of Articles 39 and 237(b) of the constitution of Uganda.

It is absurd that instead of UWA fighting such people, it is working with them. UWA should desist from participating in matters that encourage depletion of our wildlife resources. Licenses should only be issued to preserve, protect and conserve wildlife and not the reverse.
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By Melody Kukundakwe
Posted 23rd, January 2015
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