Kampala, Uganda – Armed poachers have killed a wildlife ranger on duty in Kibale National Park, Africa Tembelea has learnt.
The deceased, Sgt. Emmanuel Matsipa was killed by poachers on Saturday, December 5, 2020.
“It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Sgt. Emmanuel Matsipa who was killed by poachers while on duty in Kibale National Park on December 5, 2020,” UWA’s Executive Director, Sam Mwandha said in a statement, adding that UWA had lost a hero.
“We have lost another hero. The increasing numbers of wildlife throughout the country is because of selfless people like Matsipa. We shall remember Sgt. Matsipa as a brave ranger who put his country first ending up trading his life for wildlife,” he said.
The late Sgt. Matsipa together with five colleagues are said to have been ambushed by about five armed poachers in areas around Kanyantare, in Kyejonjo district located within Kibale National Park who opened fire killing him instantly.
Africa Tembelea has learnt that the UWA team responded with fire, killing one of the poachers while the others fled.
According to Mwandha, the late Sgt. Matsipa has been a hard-working and selfless commander who executed his work diligently and was an inspiration to many. He served UWA for 23 years having joined the institution on 1st February 1997 as a tourist guide in Semliki Wildlife Reserve.
Sgt. Matsipa was then redeployed to law enforcement as a ranger in 1999 and his dedication and commitment to conservation saw him raise through the ranks to Sergeant at the time of his death. He leaves behind a widow and seven children.