A Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger has been murdered by poachers while on duty in Kibale National Park.
The deceased, Sgt. Emmanuel Matsipa was killed on Saturday December 5, 2020 when he and 5 other colleagues were ambushed by about five armed poachers.
The attack happened around Kanyantare in Kyejonjo district in Kibale National Park.
The team responded with fire, killing one of the poachers while the others fled.
The Executive Director, UWA Sam Mwandha said he was disheartened by the development.
“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 deceased was described as a hard-working and selfless commander who executed his work diligently and was an inspiration to many.
“His death and others who have died at the hands of armed poachers shows the hostile environment in which we operate to protect and conserve Uganda’s wildlife heritage. That notwithstanding, we are even motivated further to protect our wildlife heritage for which he and others paid the ultimate price,” Mwandha said.
The late Sgt. Matsipa Emmanual served UWA for 23 years having joined the institution on 1st February 1997 as a tourist guide in Semliki Wildlife Reserve. He was redeployed to law enforcement as a ranger in 1999 and his hard work, dedication and commitment to conservation saw him raise through the ranks to Sergeant at the time of his death.
He leaves behind a window and seven children.