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SOS Rhino : In the News : Wildlife Body Recruits 20 Suspected Poachers

Wildlife Body Recruits 20 Suspected Poachers

  New Vision (Kampala)
September 9, 2003

John Nzinjah

The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has begun recruiting suspected poachers to help fight rampant poaching in the queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) under its community involvement policy.

Muhokya sub-county defence secretary in Kasese district, Zephaniah Bakangana, said, "Twenty men from our sub-county have been recruited. We hope this move may reduce the problem."

Bakengana recently said the men were mainly from Kitabu village, an area well known for poaching.

He said this would also help reduce the problem of orphans and widows whose family heads die while poaching. He said, atleast 80 men from the village were killed while poaching in the last three years.

He appealed to UWA to also recruit more "guide rangers" from Mahangeo, Kyondo and Nyakiyumba sub-counties where most suspected poachers are.

Earlier this year, Muhokya sub-county LC3 chairman Glazio Thembo told the parliamentary committee on tourism and antiquities that poaching had created over 200 orphans in the area.