US Army Trains UWA Rangers in Fighting Illicit Wildlife Trafficking

A total of 24 Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) game rangers from five conservation areas have been equipped with skills to counter illicit trafficking of wild animals.

The four-week course was facilitated by the US Army and US Navy through the US Embassy in Uganda.

According to Charles Tumwesigye, the Deputy Director Field Operations at UWA, the training was aimed at equipping junior officers with skills in leadership to address the challenge of poaching and wildlife trafficking.

“The training included among others Land Navigation, Leadership, Ethics and Human Rights, Crime Scene Response, Patrol Tactics and First Aid,” he said.

While speaking to Chimp Reports Tumwesigye revealed that this was the very first batch of the three trainings that the US Army will be conducting for UWA staff.

“Two other similar trainings will be conducted in September and October this year”.

The 24 rangers he said, will serve as instructors in future training programs and they have been assigned to seven different national parks in Uganda including Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area, Kidepo Vallely Conservation area, Lake Mburo National Park, Kibale National Park, Murchison Falls National Park Semuliki, Kidepo and Kigezi wildlife reserve.

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