THIS WEEK: Anger over killing of 11 lions at Queen Elizabeth Park
Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A pride of 11 lions was found dead in Hamukungu village in Kasese district in Queen Elizabeth National Park in what is a case of suspected poisoning. The news sparked outrage in the conservation community with calls for the culprits to be brought to book immediately.
Reports indicate that there were 30 lions at the park and the deaths brings the number to 19 dealing a blow to one of the biggest tourist attractions in Uganda. Sam Mwandha, the executive director of Uganda Wildlife Authority issued a statement saying he was putting together a team of experts to establish the cause of the incident. Some accounts say a cattle herder poisoned the lions after they ventured out of their protected area.
Kasese Municipality MP Robert Centenary raised the matter in parliament calling for the passing of the Wildlife Act in Parliament which would spell out responsibilities of communities living in protected areas.