AUTO's treasurer Costantino Tessarin presenting the audited accounts to the AUTO membership at the AGM. Photo by Jonathan Ahabyona

Hotel Africana, Kampala

On 14th July 2016 several heads and owners of tour companies in Uganda, who form the membership of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators, met in what was dubbed the “AUTO Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2016 at Hotel Africana,” an event we hold every year. 


The meeting was attended by over 200 persons and more than 100 Tour Operators were represented. 

At this year’s AGM, the previous board gave an account of what they have accomplished over their 2 years of service since 10th July 2014 and were acknowledged for a job well done. 

As is in the AUTO constitution, members also held nominations of candidates, who were then seconded by at least 1 member of the association. Thereafter, an election to vote for a new board was held. A total of 186 votes were cast, with only 1 invalid vote. 

The election was presided over by an independent electoral commission headed by Dr. Akankwasa Barirega (Principle wildlife officer at the Ministry of Tourism Wildlife & Antiquities); including Mr. Raymond Engena (Director Tourism and Business Services (DTBS) at Uganda Wildlife Authority); and Mr. John Waigo (Legal Advisor Uganda Tourism Board) Security was provided by the Uganda Tourism Police headed by Senior Commissioner of police Afande. Wilson Omoding. 

It was agreed that the elections were free and fair, with what was called the greatest level of transparency. 

We thank the outgoing board which comprised of Mrs. Babra A. Vanhelleputte; Ms. Jaqueline Kemirembe; Mr. Ntege Dennis; Mr. Costantino Tessarin; Mr. Dona Tindyebwa, Mr. Gary Segal, Mr. Rashid Kiyimba and Mr. Felex Musinguzi. 

We thank our invited guests for honoring our invitations; Mr. Edwin Muzahura, Mrs. Lilly Ajarova, Mr. Kawere Richard and Ms. Jean Byamugisha. 

We thank our Membership for turning up in great numbers, and call upon all AUTO members to work together to grow this association. 

We welcome the new board and wish them well in their term of 2 years. A list of the new board is provided below. 

THE NEWLY ELECTED AUTO BOARD 2016 – 2018 

Board Chair: Babra A. Vanhelleputte (Asyanut Safaris & Incentives) 
Vice Chair: Jacqueline Kemirembe (Platinum Tours and Travel) 
Secretary: Dennis Ntege (Adrift East Africa)
Treasurer: Costantino Tessarin (Destination Jungle) 

Committee Members: 
Lydia Nandudu (Nkuringo Walking Safaris) 
Gary Segal (The Uganda Safari Company) 
Dona Tindyebwa (Jewel Safaris) 
Civy Tumusiime (Acacia Safaris) 

More photos from the event can be found on our Instagram.

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