Killing of Lions Arrested Queen Elizabeth National Park
Enanga said the suspects were thoroughly interrogated and they admitted to the killing of lions for body parts and fats, which are used for ritualistic cleansing. FILE PHOTO

Enanga said the suspects were thoroughly interrogated and they admitted to the killing of lions for body parts and fats, which are used for ritualistic cleansing. 

The police Wednesday confirmed that they have arrested three suspects allegedly involved in the killing of six lions at Queen Elizabeth National Park in Kanungu district.

In a statement dated 24.03.2021, Fred Enanga the police spokesperson said the suspects have been transferred to the Directorate of CID, Kibuli for further necessary court action.

“We wish to inform the public that the three suspects, allegedly involved in the killing of 6 lions at the Queen Elizabeth National Park in Kanungu district, on the 20.03.2021, have been transferred to the Directorate of CID, Kibuli, for further necessary court action,” Enanga said.

The suspects include; Tumuhirwe Vincent, a 48-year-old peasant of Tukundane village, Ariho Robert, a 40-year-old male peasant of Kazinga lower village and Miryango David, a 68-year-old male, traditional healer of Tukundane village.

The group will be arraigned before the Utility court of Buganda road, on various charges of unlawfully killing wildlife species, unlawfully entry into wildlife protected areas and being in unlawful possession of wildlife pieces of three lion heads, 15 legs, jerry can containing suspected animal fats, which were all exhibited. 

Other exhibits which were recovered include a tin of suspected poison and spears. The dead lions and nine other wild birds that died after eating the poisonous carcases were forensically examined by the veterinary experts from UWA.

Enanga said the suspects were thoroughly interrogated and they admitted to the killing of lions for body parts and fats, which are used for ritualistic cleansing. 

He said it was established that during their poaching exploits on 20.03.2021, they drove a herd of antelopes towards the pride of lions. 

After a successful catch by the lions, the suspects chased them away and laced the catch with poison, which the lions eventually ate and died. 

The police spokesperson mentioned that an add additional nine wild birds which ate the carcases too also died. 

Killing of Lions Arrested Queen Elizabeth National Park
Enanga said the suspects were thoroughly interrogated and they admitted to the killing of lions for body parts and fats, which are used for ritualistic cleansing. FILE PHOTO

He, however, said it is unfortunate that the suspects who knew the laws protecting wildlife in the area, still went ahead with their dangerous poaching exploits. 

“This calls for increased awareness and sensitization about the safety of wildlife in the area. We would like to greatly thank the offices of the RDC, the UPDF 25th Brigade, UWA, the territorial Police in Kigezi and Kanungu, DISO, and the residents who shared valuable intelligence,” Enanga added.

“Our priority as the joint security agencies, still remains enforcement of wildlife protection laws in the country. The case in point clearly demonstrates our resolve in holding accountable all persons who endanger wildlife.”