Ugandan Celebrities scoop deal with UWA

Ugandan Celebrities scoop deal with UWA

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By Norah Mukimba & Musa Ssemwanga
Irene Ntale, Anne Kansiime and Maurice Kirya have joined an anti-poaching campaign dubbed “Poaching Steals from Us All”.
The three star celebrities were unveiled on Monday as the campaign ambassadors for this cause and they will be instrumental in spreading the message of wild conservation among the masses.
“They will not speak for themselves. Let’s speak for them.” Irene Ntale noted.

L-r: Maurice Kirya, Irene Ntale and Anne Kansiime at the launch

This campaign is an initiative powered by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and supported by Uganda Conservation Foundation together with Wild Aid, a non-profit organisation that aims to end illegal wildlife trade as it creates awareness to millions of Ugandans on dangers of poaching.
The stars join Eddy Kenzo who was chosen as the face of Kenya’s tourism industry.
The mass awareness campaign manned by Uganda Wildlife Authority is aimed at appealing to the public to stop poaching wildlife after a variety of species been declared to be in total danger from human attacks mainly poachers.
The artistes and comedians at the launch pose for a group photo

According to Uganda Wildlife Authority’s top boss, Dr. Andrew Seguya, Uganda is likely to lose up to 10 percent of its Gross Domestic Product if it does not control poaching of wild animals within and outside protected areas since the country depends on wildlife based tourism where tourists support many sectors mention transport, hotels and agriculture.
“When tourists get into the country they hire cars to Kampala, sleep in a hotel and they eat food and when they go to tracking gorillas they also spend on crafts, ” said Seguya.
About 400,000 elephants left in Africa and about 40,000 elephants are poached every year a worry that the continent will be left with no elephants in the coming 10 years.
Uganda Wildlife Authority in partnership with the International organization, Wild Aid and Uganda Conservation Foundation with the campaign ‘poaching steals from us all’ hope to encourage the public to be friends of the wildlife.

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