Uganda Wildlife Authority arrests four poachers in silverback gorilla death

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) this week arrested four poachers in the southern sector of Bwindi impenetrable Forest National Park, following the death of Rafiki the alpha male gorilla from Nkuringo family.

The arrests follow the investigation into the Silver backs death, after a postmortem report that revealed that the Silver back was pierced  in the left upper abdomen by  a sharp object, that severed it’s organs.

The team swung into action, arresting Byamukama Felix, a resident of Murale Village, Marko Parish, Nyabwishenyi sub county, Kisoro district. He was found in possession of Bush Pig meat and several hunting tools including snares, wires ropes, a spear and a dog hunting bell, on June 4,2020.

Byamukama confessed to killing Rafiki in self-defense, claiming he had gone hunting with a one Bampabenda Evarist when they encountered the group, when the silverback charged, he speared it, or so he says.

He also admitted that he also shared some of the bushpig meat with Museveni Velance and Mubanguzi Yonasi.

With the assistance of the Local Council Chairman of Murole Village Ngabirano Pascal UWA arrested the suspects on  June 7.

They are now in safe custody at Kisoro Police.