Three more top officials at the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) have been suspended to pave way for an audit report.
Eunice Mahoro, the director of tourism development, Joseph Tibaijuka, the acting executive director, and Olive Kyampaire, the partnership coordinator. This brings to five the number of UWA officials on suspension.
Moses Mapesa, the executive director, and Sam Mwandha, the director for conservation, were sent on forced leave earlier this week. Two others resigned last month.
Asked why he was sending Tibaijuka away days after naming him acting executive director, Dr. Boysier Ouma Muballe, the UWA chairperson, said: “Tibaijuka is the director of finance and it was not appropriate for him to be there acting as the executive director.” “We had to send him away until investigations are over in the next three to four weeks. This could be followed by a commission of inquiry. The audit report will guide us on what steps to take,” Muballe added.
He named Mark Kamanzi as the new acting executive director. Muballe vowed that no stone would be left unturned until what he described as chaos at UWA is sorted out.
He said he had camped at Uganda Wildlife Authority for the last two months to ensure that the organisation is run efficiently. Muballe noted that UWA had been hit by irregular creation of departments and mismanagement of funds, among other problems.
However, sources within UWA said confusion and tension had crept into the authority as staff at the headquarters fear that they might also be affected. The sources added that Muballe’s intervention had created more problems than it was intended to solve. UWA was set up by the wildlife Act in 1996 and manages 10 national parks, 12 wildlife reserves and 14 wildlife sanctuaries, covering 10% of the country.