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.