Stop shooting poachers, UWA warns game rangers

Kasese

Shooting of suspected poachers in wildlife conservation areas in the country has tainted the image of the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the authority board chairperson, Mr John Emily Otekat, has said.

He was presiding over a graduation ceremony of 115 UWA cadres who completed a one-month training in wildlife management at Uganda Wildlife Training Institute in Katwe- Kabatoro Town Council in Kasese District on Monday.

Mr Otekat warned wildlife conservation enforcement officers against using excessive force when handling suspected poachers. “I want to aise all our game rangers not to shoot indiscriminately at suspected poachers found in the protected areas but rather to arrest them and sensitise them about the importance of the national parks,” Mr Otekat told the cadres.

Recently, there have been media reports of suspected poachers being shot dead in national parks by game rangers. He said due to increased poaching in the game parks, UWA would deploy surveillance drones to reduce on poaching, especially to protect the elephant population.

“But game rangers must not be worried that employing drones to fight poaching in the conservation areas will push them out of employment,” Mr Otekat said.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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