Uganda Wildlife Authority has arrested four poachers in the Southern Sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park following the death of a gorilla known as Rafiki, the Silverback of the famous Nkuringo group.
The arrest was as a result of investigations into the Silverback’s death by UWA after a post-mortem report revealed that the Silverback sustained an injury by a sharp device/object that penetrated its left upper part of the abdomen up to the internal organs.
UWA says it proceeded to arrest Felix Byamukama, a resident of Murole village, in Nyabwishenya Sub County, Kisoro District who was found in possession of bush pig meat and several hunting devices including a spear, rope snares, wires snares and a dog hunting bell that were recovered from his home on June 4th, 2020.
According to a statement from UWA, Byamukama confessed to killing the Gorilla in self-defense.
He told the authorities he had gone hunting in the park with one Bampabenda Evarist and they came into contact with the group.
When the silverback charged at them, he says he speared it.
After the hunt, Byamukama says he shared some of the bush pig meat with two other friends Valence Museveni and Yonasi Mubangizi.
The UWA team working with the Chairman LCI Chairman of Murole village Mr. Ngabirano Pascal, arrested Bampabenda Evarist, Museveni Valence and Mubangisi Yonasi on June 7th, 2020.
The four suspects are currently at Kisoro Police station awaiting trial in the courts of law.
On June 1st, 2020, Rafiki, the silver back of Nkuringo gorilla group was reported missing in the group and on June 2nd, 2020, its body was found in Hakato area inside Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.