Uganda Wildlife Authority has today received five (05) CSI Kits for combating wildlife crime activities. The donation was from USAID, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and African Wildlife Foundation (AWF). This was in fulfillment of the partner’s mandate of building the Uganda Government’s institutional capacity to stop wildlife crime.
The Kits were received by Mr. Jimmy Mugisa Ag. Executive Director UWA from Mr.Robert Sekungu Program Manager AWF. The handover was witnessed by Mr. Isaac Kiirya Projects Manager IWT/CWT, WCS Uganda Program, Mr. Charles Tumwesigye Deputy Director Field Operations UWA, and Major Joshua Karamagi Manager Wildlife Crime Investigation among others.
While receiving the kit, Ag Executive Director Mr. Jimmy Mugisa appreciated AWF and WCS for their continued support in fighting wildlife crime in Uganda. He said that wildlife crime depletes our wildlife resources and it should be fought using all legal means possible. He expressed optimism that the kits will improve on the management of crime scenes leading to the successful prosecution of suspects in the courts of law.
Mr. Robert Senkungu pledged further support from the African Wildlife Foundation towards building UWA’s capacity to fight wildlife crime and urged UWA to use the kits properly to avoid losing cases in the courts of law due to poor handling of crime scenes.
On behalf of WCS, Mr. Isaac Kiirya said that they have confidence in the ability of UWA to fight wildlife crime and that is why they are building the institution’s capacity to effectively undertake its mandate.
The crime scene kits will enhance the capacity of UWA the in management of Wildlife crime scenes and support the prosecution of suspects by producing credible evidence in the courts of law.