On Wednesday evening, the group handed over their poaching tools including spears and arrows to Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA officials at Nkuringo community conservation in Nkuringo town council. Speaking at the handover, John Biteete Rwabatwaare and James Nbebera explained that they have been poaching in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for over 10 years.
Anaka Town Council Chairperson Denis Okema says that the two were poaching wildlife in the park on Thursday afternoon when Omara missed his target, a wild animal and accidentally speared Olyel. Okema told Police that Omara handed himself to the Local Council leaders of Olony village after the incident.
35-year-old Therestine Munyaneza is a reformed poacher. According to Munyaneza, he started poaching alongside his father at a tender age. He says poaching was very dangerous, adding that their catch wasnt sufficient to sustain his family.
A group of three game rangers attached to the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National park have been arrested in connection with death of an elephant. It is believed that they shot the elephant over the weekend.
Peter Angwara, the Kanungu district police commander confirms that the two were traced and arrested by game rangers who found them in possession of sharp spears, snares and wild meat. They were later handed over to Kanungu police station.
Gessa Simplicious, the Public Relations Officer at Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) says the cameras will perform a great job. Gessa says they have been struggling with the poachers who have devised sophisticated methods of killing the animals.
Nwoya district has severed the agreement they reached with Uganda Wildlife Authority over Murchison Falls National Park. The decision stems from an alleged disappearance of two residents of Koch-goma Sub-county who went missing from the park two months ago.