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Hunter Misses Targeted Animal, Spears Colleague to Death

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.
05 Jun 2020 13:11
A 25-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly spearing his colleague to death during a hunting expedition in Murchison Falls National Park, Nwoya District.

The suspect, Joseph Omara, a resident of Olony Village in Anaka Town Council reportedly speared Richard Olyel, a resident of Aparanga village in Nwoya Sub-County.

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.

Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema says that the body of the deceased is still in the Park pending evacuation and postmortem. Okema told URN this morning that police officers have been deployed at the home of the suspect following intelligence information that relatives of the deceased are planning a reprisal attack.  

The biggest part of Murchison Falls National Park, one of Uganda`s largest wildlife game reserves, measuring 3,781 square kilometres is in Nwoya District It hosts several wildlife species which attract paachers targeting Warthogs, antelopes, Hippopotamus, Elephants, and Rhinos among others.

Our attempts to get comments from Edison Nuwamanya, the Chief Warden of Murchison Falls Conservation Area under Uganda Wild Life Authority - UWA are still futile.