UGANDA: UGX10 million in Rewards for Leads to Ishasha Tree Climbing Lion Killers

Resting lions... The lions in Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National park are known for their ability to climb trees
By :
Baluku Geoffrey

A CASH reward of UGX10million has been offered to help catch whoever was responsible for the ‘gruesome killing’ of six lions in one of Uganda’s prominent National parks.

The carcasses of the six lions were discovered on Friday last week in Ishasha sector, the south western rim of Queen Elizabeth National park.

Read: Six Lions Found Dead in Queen Elizabeth National Park

In a statement, Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), a semi-autonomous government agency that aims to conserve, manage and regulate the country’s wildlife resources, called out for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of anyone behind the heinous act.

“Following the death of six lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park, the Management of Uganda Wildlife Authority has put up a reward of UGX 10,000,000= (Ten Million Uganda Shillings) to anybody with information that will lead to the arrest and successful prosecution of the people behind the heinous act,” read a statement from UWA.

“We request whoever has useful information to this effect to contact us through telephone number +256 776 800 152,” said Bashir Hangi, UWA’s Communication Manager.

He revealed that “confidentiality of everyone who will give information” is guaranteed.

Since the carcasses of the lions were discovered on March 18, 2021, Africa Tembelea understands that samples have been taken for laboratory tests to establish the actual cause of death.

According to Hangi, once the results of the tests are out, the public will be informed.

He also noted that other Ugandan government agencies have joined in investigating this matter and will pursue it to its logical conclusion.

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