The Utilities, Wildlife and Standards Court that was presided over by Chief Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu has sentenced two men to eight (8) years and seven (7) months in prison over the poisoning of six (6) lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The convicts who were sentenced on Thursday, 1st September 2022 are Vincent Tumuhairwe, a 50-year-old farmer and Robert Ariyo, a 40-year-old boda-boda cyclist both residents of Kanungu District.
According to Kamasanyu, the evidence proved the two convicts guilty beyond reasonable doubt after being found with paws, lion heads, and various other lion parts.
“The evidence against the two convicts that has been provided in Court has proved them guilty. They were found with fifteen paws, four lion heads, animal fat and a tail,” she said.
The duo stated that they were going to sell the animal parts to a one Bahati, who had contracted them for the job.
Kamasanyu also said that the duo was sentenced on grounds of poaching where they illegally entered Habugombwa Kob Mating Ground Ishasha Sector Queen Elizabeth National Park in Kanungu District between 17th and 19th March 2021 and gruesomely killed six tree climbing lions through poisoning.
“The two convicts have been sentence after being found guilty of killing six tree climbing lions in Habugombwa Kob Mating Ground Ishasha Sector Queen Elizabeth National Park between 17th and 19th March 2021 by poisoning. Evidence has proved that the convicts killed a Kob and put in it poison which the lions feasted on resulting into death,” she said.
Tumuhairwe and Ariyo who were convicted on 25th August 2022 have been sentenced on five charges including entering and hunting in a restricted conservation area, poisoning and killing wild animals as well as being in possession of a protected species.