Police in a joint security operation with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and military forces conducted an operation in which a notorious poaching cartel was busted.
The operation according to the security agencies was a success as it led to major recoveries and arrests.
According to Mr. Bashir Hangi the UWA spokesperson, the crackdown was conducted following proper leads to elements that have been involved in wildlife crimes in the country using fire arms.
The operations covered s districts of Kasanda, Mubende, Kakumiro, Kibale, Kikuube, Hoima, Kiboga, Masindi, and Kyankwanzi.
The UWA mouthpiece told journalists yesterday that this operation was meant to burst a network which had created challenge of illegal wildlife crime.
“As UWA, we coordinated with our counterparts from sister security agencies and swung into action and we were able to arrest nine suspects and recover 11 guns possessed illegally,” he added
Hangi says this was a gang of poachers which was led by a one Samuel Kubuka who was tracked by undercover informants who posed as ivory buyers.
He revealed that this was also a build-up operation which started last year in October 2019.
Several hunting gear such as nets and snare wires used in killing elephants were also recovered upon search of the suspect’s residences.
Unfortunately, a security informer was killed in the process by the poachers and buried in a forest but upon arrest of the suspects, they led operatives to where they had buried the body.
Hangi applauded the security teams upon completion of the operation saying that the illegal guns have also been used to terrorize the public especially in robbery.
The suspects are currently held at Kasanda police station awaiting appearance in courts of law.