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Kanungu: Two Convicted for Poisoning Six Lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park  

Two poachers have been convicted in the Utilities, Wildlife and Standards Court that was presided over by Chief Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu over poisoning six lions at Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The convicts whose fate was decided yesterday 25th august 2022, are Vincent Tumuhairwe, who is a farmer and Robert Ariyo, a boda-boda cyclist both residents of Kanungu District.

According to Kamasanyu, the duo was prosecuted on grounds of poaching where they gruesomely killed six tree climbing lions through poisoning.

“The two convicts have been prosecuted because they were found guilty of killing six tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park by poisoning. Evidence has proved that the convicts killed a Kob and put in poison which the lions feasted on resulting into death,” she said.

Kamasanyu also added that convicts led the investigators to the scene of crime where they discovered the missing body parts and these were clear grounds to be proven guilty.

It is alleged that between 17th and 19th March 2021, Tumuhairwe and Ariyo illegally entered Habugombwa Kob Mating Ground Ishasha Sector Queen Elizabeth National Park in Kanungu District and hunted six lions thereby killing them. They have also been hunting and killing Kobs as well as other wild animals in the wildlife conservation area.                  

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