By our reporter

Sam Mwandha has officially taken over office as the new Executive Director of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).

The handover ceremony was held at UWA head offices along Kayunga Road in Kampala on Monday.

Mwandha replaced Dr.Andrew Seguya who was appointed to head UWA in 2012 following the sacking of Dr. Moses Mapesa in 2010.

During his two-decade stint in conservation thus far, Mwandha has been the chief of party at African Wildlife Foundation, worked as executive secretary at the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) and from September 2005 to October 2010, he worked as the director conservation with UWA, among other roles.

He went to Jinja College for his O-Level, Namilyango College for his A-Level and then Makerere University where he pursued a degree in Forestry in the mid-1980s. He has been a conservationist for decades, having worked as chief of party at African Wildlife Foundation.