Corporal Hannington Agaba, a Community Conservation Ranger with Uganda Wildlife Authority in Semliki National Park has been rewarded with Shs2m for his acts of heroism when he braved fast-moving waters to rescue people who were victims of floods in Bundibugyo recently.
Agaba was filmed carrying old people and babies on his back in deadly floods which claimed over 20 lives about two weeks ago.
On Friday, Arrow Security Systems, a private security company rewarded Agaba with shs2m cash for his heroic act in a function that was held at Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) headquarters in Kampala.
Agaba said that on thw fateful day he was supervising restoration works in the area when he heard cries from locals that prompted him to respond since he knew it had rained the previous night.
“I was on another duty in the morning when I had an alarm and i had to move towards the noise. I found people struck in volumes of waters. I was helped by a chappati man and I thank God that in that area no one died though over 20 died in other places,” Agaba said adding that he did what he did because he couldn’t just stand and watch people die in water.
“I promise to conserve not only animals but humans too. Whereas I was trained on how to survive in water, I never even thought about the training at that time. But i knew i was not supposed to move your legs anyhow in fast-moving waters. It would have been traumatized to see someone die when i am watching,” he said.
Agaba thanked UWA for the training which enabled him carry out such a heroic act even when he was not deployed to do so. He also thanked Arrow Security for the token of appreciation and urged every person to help in whatever capacity they have to save lives.
Capt Mike Mukula, the chairperson of Arrow Security commended Agaba for such a brave act and promised to reach out to the President to reward him (Agaba).
“When we saw the efforts carried out by a great patriot, a great nationalist, we decided to give him a amall token of appreciation of Shs2m as part of our social corporate responsibility. He risked his life even when he was not deployed to do so.He is a hero not only in Uganda but worldwide. Agaba remained relentless and i was humbled to see him carry babies and old woman on his back on fast moving waters,” Mukula said.
“As Arrow Security, we have decided to appreciate Agaba. He was not called to do but it was humanity and inner feeling. Am sure even the president has watched this and at an appropriate time i will bring to his attention.”
It is not the first time Arrow Security has apprecited such heroic people. Last year, they apprecited a female traffic officer who was knocked down by a boda boda while on duty but still got on her feet to guide the traffic.
Makombo John, Director Conservation at UWA also lauded Agaba and promised to promote him to a better rank in the shortest time possible.
“You people have been knowing UWA as one that cares for animals but we also care for people and this has been demonstrated by Agaba. He was not deployed to do so but he did it at his own will through his training. Agaba has been very hardworking. He was deployed at the airport in the K9 department and he did a good job. We are also glad to partner with Arrow security,” he said.