Following the increasing killing of game animals,the Criminal Investigations Directorate – CID has dispatched a team of detectives to hunt for poachers in the Murchison National Park.
A team of 13 detectives commanded by Assistant Commissioner of Police – ACP Francis Olugu is hunting for poachers. ACP Olugu is also the head of CID’s general crimes desk.
A number of animals have reportedly been poached during the covid-19 lockdown.
The team of detectives is reportedly accompanied by armed soldiers, game rangers and police officers purposely to provide security for the investigators. This is due to the fact that the poachers are armed with guns, especially in Nwoya and Oyam.
Recently, the Chief Magistrate’s court in Kabale sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment, a poacher who recently killed one of the country’s rare silverback mountain gorillas.
Rafiki , a silverback of the famous Nkuringo group was last month found dead under mysterious circumstances and investigations later indicated that the rare gorilla has sustained an injury by a sharp object that penetrated its left upper part of the abdomen up to the internal organs.
Consequently, four poachers were arrested by Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers in the Southern Sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.