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Former UWA ED Mapesa Dead

Mapesa succumbed to acute Leukemia this afternoon at his privately owned Nabulola Health Community Initiative in Busia district.
Moses Mapesa, the former Executive Director Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA is dead. Mapesa succumbed to acute Leukemia this afternoon at his privately owned Nabulola Health Community Initiative in Busia district.

A family member, who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity, said Mapesa had just returned from US for a bone marrow transplant, where he was diagnosed with myeloid leukemia. Mapesa was diagnosed with Myelodyslastic Syndrome (MDS) eight years ago.

Myelodyslastic Syndrome is a group of disorders where the bone marrow malfunctions with the blood-forming stem cells failing to make healthy blood cells.  The abnormal production of cells can also progress to production of cancer like cells causing acute myeloid leukemia.

By the time of filing this story, Mapesa's body had been transferred to Rubongi Military hospital for treatment. He is survived by seven children and a widow. Mapesa joined UWA in 1988 as a researcher.

In 1996 he was deployed as a warden for Queen Elizabeth National Game Park before he was promoted as coordinator for planning, monitoring and research in 2001.

In 2002 he was made deputy director field operations from where he was appointed executive in 2005. He served up to 2010 when he left the organisation under acrimonious circumstances.