Kampala – Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has received a donation of five vehicles from the Government of India to support wildlife conservation activities in the country.
Four TATA trucks and one water bowser were handed over on March 26, 2020 by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Patrick Mugoya to UWA Director of Conservation John Makombo who represented the Executive Director at the Uganda Museum.
While handing over the vehicles, Ambassador Mugoya said that the donation is a pledge made by H.E Narendra Modi the Prime Minister of India during his visit to Uganda in July 2018. The Prime Minister undertook to donate 44 vehicles to the Government of Uganda.
Ambassador Mugoya revealed that UWA is known for the great work it is doing in the country and it is for that reason that it was considered by the Ministry’s Top Management to receive part of the donation.
“UWA is known as one of the best performing agencies of Government, its work speaks for itself, and therefore it had to be considered alongside the UPDF and other entities”
He hailed the existing good relations between the Government of Uganda and the Government of India which he said has yielded fruits that will benefit both the people of Uganda and Indian community in Uganda. He urged the Management of Uganda Wildlife Authority to put the vehicles to good use so that they serve their rightful purpose of supporting wildlife conservation in Uganda.
Speaking on behalf of the Executive Director UWA, Mr. Makombo expressed appreciation to the Government of India.
He noted that for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to select UWA to be one of the beneficiaries, is a vote of confidence in the institution and a sign of appreciation of the good work it is doing in conserving Uganda’s wildlife heritage.
He revealed that UWA has been facing a challenge of transport in conservation areas adding that the donation comes in handy to partially solve the problem. He promised that the vehicles will be put to rightful use by ensuring that they contribute towards UWA’s conservation efforts.