…3 heads of lions were found hidden in a tree and the fourth one was buried with 15 legs under the same tree Three bottles containing chemicals commonly known as Furadan and a two liter jerry can of lion fat oil were recovered in a banana plantation. Two spears, one panga, and one hunting net were found hidden in a garden…
Kanungu – The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), the Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces (UPDF) and the police have recovered body parts of the lions that were killed in Queen Elizabeth national park last week.
The lions were found dead on Friday evening, in Ishasha sector, Kihihi Sub County, Kanungu district. Their heads, feet, tails, hearts and livers were cut off and taken. Preliminary investigations attribute the death to suspected poisoning after eight vultures that fed on carcasses of the lions were also found dead.
On Monday, UWA, UPDF and police officers launched an operation in Rusoroza parish, Kihihi sub-county after the parts remained missing.
The decomposing body parts were recovered on Tuesday in Tukundane village by officials led by Hajji Shafique Ssekandi, Kanungu Resident District Commissioner, his Deputy Gad Ahimbisibwe Rugaju, and Pontious Ezuma, UWA warden for Queen Elizabeth National park.
Our reporter also found decomposing heads bush under a mango tree. Ssekandi says that four heads were found buried while the other two were found hanging in the mango tree. Ssekandi also says that hearts, livers, feet and livers were also found buried.
According to Ssekandi, the parts were recovered on Tuesday morning at around 1:00 am. Ssekandi did not comment more about the matter saying that other relevant authorities will address the media later.
A reliable source intimated to Voice of Muhabura that the 4 were arrested last night after a tip-off and the security followed the clues to where the lion’s heads were hanged up in a tree and recovered them.
Later on, in a statement, UWA confirmed the arrest.
They identified the suspects now in custody as Ampurira Brian 26, Tumuhire Vincent 49, Aliyo Robert 40, and Miliango Davi 68.
The suspects later took the security team to a location where 3 heads of lions were found hidden in a tree and the fourth one was buried with 15 legs under the same tree. The suspects said they dropped one leg in the park, UWA said in a statement.
Three bottles containing chemicals commonly known as Furadan and a two-liter jerry can of lion fat oil were recovered in a banana plantation. Two spears, one panga, and one hunting net were found hidden in a garden at the home of Tumuhire Vincent.
On Monday, UWA announced a shilling 10 million bounty to anybody who can reveal information that will lead to the arrest of the people behind the killing of six lions.