4 Sent to Jail After they Were Convicted of Illegal Possession of Wildlife Meat


Oroch Richard, Jamony Michael and Jangeta Daglas after being arrested.
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The Gulu Chief Magistrate Court sitting Nwoya district has sentenced three suspected poachers to seven years in jail after pleading guilty to three charges of entering wildlife Protected Area without permission, hunting in a wildlife conservation area, and unlawful possession of Protected specimens of Protected species.

Appearing before His Worship Dawa Matenga Chief Magistrate of Gulu, Oroch Richard, Jamony Michael and Jangeta Daglas all pleaded guilty to the 3 counts. 

The trio was convicted and sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for entering wildlife Protected Area without permission contrary to section 30 (1) and 70 of Uganda Wildlife Act 2010, 3 years imprisonment for, hunting in a wildlife conservation area contrary to section 29(a) and 70 of Uganda Wildlife Act 2019, and 7 years imprisonment for being in possession of Protected specimens contrary to section 71(1) (b) of Uganda Wildlife Act 2019. 

The sentences will run concurrently which means they will serve 7 years in jail. 

The Uganda Wildlife Authority Prosecutor, Charles Okeny told court that the convicts all residents of Pangano Village, Ossi Parish, Parombo S/County in Nebbi district were arrested by Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers on the 11th May 2020 at 11:30 am in the area of Nyamusika in Murchison Falls National Park after killing a Warthog. 

They were found in possession of hunting gear; 4 Spears, 3 knives, and wire snares. 

The same court also sentenced one Parmu Innocent to five years in jail after pleading guilty to three charges of entering wildlife Protected Area without permission, hunting in a wildlife conservation area, and unlawful possession of Protected specimens of Protected species.

Innocent was convicted and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment for entering wildlife Protected Area without permission contrary to section 30 (1) and 70 of Uganda Wildlife Act 2010, 4 years imprisonment for hunting in a wildlife conservation area contrary to section 29(a) and 70 of Uganda Wildlife Act 2019, and 5 years imprisonment for being in possession of Protected specimens contrary to section 71(1) (b) of Uganda Wildlife Act 2019. The sentences will run concurrently which means they will serve 5 years in jail.

Okeny told court that Prima Innocent was arrested by UWA rangers on the 14th April 2020 at 2:00pm around Victoria track within Murchison Falls National Park. At the time of arrest he was in possession of 3 wire snares and Warthog meat. 

The magistrate ruled that all exhibits should be handed back to Uganda Wildlife Authority for safe custody. 

“The new law is a tough one, it hands punitive sentences to wildlife offenders. Unfortunately people from communities are the ones being found on the wrong side of the law, ” Hangi said.The UWA spokesperson Bashir Hangi said that the new law is starting to bite and asked communities neighbouring protected areas to cooperate with UWA in the fight against poaching. 

“As you can see all the convicts come from communities neighbouring Murchison Falls National Park, so we request people neighbouring our protected areas to cooperate with us and we fight poaching together”. 

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