Four people have been arrested in connection with the death of six lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Brian Ampurira 26 years, Vincent Tumuhire 49 years, Robert Aliyo 40 years and Davi Miliango 68 years were arrested last night during a joint operation mounted by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and Police in Kyenyabutongo village, Rusoroza Parish, Kihihi Sub County, Kanungu District.
According to a statement issued by UWA, the suspects took the security team to a location where 3 head of lions were found hidden in a tree and the fourth one was buried with 15 legs under the same tree. “Three bottles containing chemical commonly known as Furadan and a two litter jerrycan of lion fat oil were recovered in a banana plantation,” intimated Bashir Hangi, the communications manager at UWA.
Two spears, one panga and one hunting net were also reportedly found hidden in a garden at the home of Vincent Tumuhire. The Lion carcases were discovered at Ishasha sector on Friday March 19, 2021. “On Monday evening, we received credible information about the people suspected to be behind the killing of the lions and acting on the same, a joint operation by UPDF, Police and UWA was conducted leading to the arrest of the four suspects,” added Hangi.
The suspects are expected to be arraigned in the courts of law. UWA assured the public of continued strengthening and protection of lions and other wildlife in Uganda and and that, it will pursue the case until justice for the dead lions is served. “Our national parks remain safe and attractive to visitors and we still have lions in Queen Elizabeth and other parks,” concluded a statement issued by UWA on Tuesday afternoon.
Once found guilty, the four suspects face life imprisonment, according to the Wildlife Act.