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Kasese leaders condemn killing of 11 lions

Sibendire Bigogo

The Kasese district LCV Chairperson Thembo Sibendire Bigogo has condemned the killing of the 11 lions at queen Elizabeth National park.

Commenting via his Facebook account, Sibendire described the incident as sad and regrettable.

He however called upon all the locals to be vigilant, love and respect the conservation of flora and Fauna.

“I am told that the suspected cause is poisoning. This is also one thing that takes us back as a community. It is really sad that a person can wake up thinking about doing such damage to our nation. I condemn whoever might have done that and call upon security agencies to ensure that the culprits are brought to book.” He posted.

On Wednesday night, A pride of lions, 11 in number were found dead at Hamkungu fishing village, an enclave of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

This comes just a month after the country marked the UN World Wildlife Day Celebrations under the national theme: “Creating a safe environment for the survival of big cats”.

The Uganda Wildlife Authority communications manager Bashir Hangi confirmed the incident.

“It is true we lost a pride, three mothers and eight young ones, that brings the total to 11 in a fishing village called Hamukungu,” Hangi said.

He adds that the authority suspects they were poisoned but investigations will establish the actual cause.

“We are suspecting poisoning. The information we have is that they attacked someone’s cows but we are yet to establish who exactly,” Mr Hangi said.

The commissioner wildlife conservation, in the ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Dr Akankwasah Barirega confirmed that preliminary observations point to poisoning with investigations underway.

“We have commissioned investigations and we shall use the evidence gathered to prosecute and if convicted decisively punish the perpetrators of this heinous crime,” Dr Barirega said.

Conservationists have expressed concern over the declining number of lions in the country with current estimations putting the lion population at slightly above 400 across the country.

 

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