The Kabale Chief Magistrate’s Court has sentenced Felix Byamukama to 11 years in prison for killing Rafiki, a silverback in Bwindi impenetrable National Park.
The 25-year-old gorilla was fatally stabbed in the abdomen last month.
Here is a statement from Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) released on Thursday:
“We are relieved that Rafiki has received justice and this should serve as an example to other people who kill wildlife. If one person kills wildlife, we all lose. We, therefore, request every person to support our efforts of conserving wildlife for the present and future generations,” Mr Mwandha added.
Mr Mwandha further said the new Wildlife Act 2019 is tough and that anyone involved in illegal wildlife activities would face the law.