Former Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) boss Andrew Seguya is among the lead contenders for the advertised position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), Chimp Corps report.
At least three shortlisted applicants have been asked to report for interviews.
“The following applicants are invited for oral interviews… at board ‘A’ Farmers’ house, second floor, Parliament Avenue on December 18, 2018 at 9:00am,” reads a notice issued on December 14 by the Public Service Commission secretary, Dr John Geoffrey Mbabazi.
The applicants include Ajarova Lilly, the Executive Director Chimpanzee Trust, a global Conservation initiative that manages Ngamba Island – an African model Chimpanzee Sanctuary situated on Lake Victoria in Uganda; and Ochieng Bradford Robbster.
Lilly served as a member on the Advisory Committee of Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) and developed the policies for the 22 sanctuaries and wildlife centres in 13 African member countries of PASA.
As the committee Chairperson on the Uganda Tourism Board, Lilly directed the development and implementation of quality assurance, grading and classification of hotels in Uganda.
During her time as the Tourism Product Development and Marketing Manager at the Uganda Wildlife Authority, Lilly spearheaded the development of tourism products in the national parks of Uganda.
She is a recipient of the prestigious National Golden Jubilee Award, Tourism Excellence Award and Wildlife Conservation Award.
Bradford Ochieng, who also hopes to take the coveted job, served as the director corporate affairs at Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets (PPDA).
In 2017, Ochieng tried to compete for the position of Executive Director, PPDA in vain.
The successful candidate will take over from Stephen Asiimwe who has been at the helm of the institution since 2014.
Public Service Commission also called seven shortlisted applicants for the position of Deputy CEO, UTB.
They are Public Relations guru and veteran journalist, Simon Peter Kasyate Turyahikayo; Ivan Kakooza, John Ssempebwa; Daniel Karibwije; Ronald Ssenyondwa; Richard Kawere and Robbster Ochieng Bradford.
This development comes at a time President Museveni is piling enormous pressure on the tourism body to attract more tourists to the country.
In September, Museveni blasted the Uganda Tourism Board for not doing enough to promote the country’s tourism potential.
“The promotion of the potential of wildlife has been poor due to poor performance of Uganda Tourism Board. Other countries that have nothing to show are attracting more tourists,” he said.
The president said Uganda has unique potential in tourism with high plateau area with the lowest part 650metres above sea level and the highest part more than 5,000 metres above sea level. “If you can’t promote that then you are a useless person. If you don’t know, ask others,” the president reiterated.
The President said for 50 million people to go to Spain and here they talk of only three million and they congratulate themselves is mediocre.
“I don’t like this type of mediocrity,” he said.
He called on UTB to stop comparing the country to Kenya, but with Spain, which has nothing to show, but is attracting 50 million tourists.