The chairman of the Jonam cultural institution in northern Uganda, Rwoth Mandir Padit Odong, has called upon Government to employ about 3,000 former poachers who have denounced the act as a measure to stop poaching in the Ugandan game parks
They have since handed over their weapons to the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). UWA officials said plans were underway to buy goats for those who quit poaching in Jonam County, Nebbi district.
“I have received calls from poachers who are willing to denounce poaching but they would like to know what they will be given as an alternative source of livelihood,” he said.
According to the assistant warden in charge of Karuma Wildlife Reserve, Genesis Okello, one of the poachers, Yokes Odongo, 33, was arrested with a gun at Ajimi, Oyam district.
“Odongo did not have bullets because they had arrested the supplier, Lawrence Ogwang, had 120 bullets,” said Okello
He added that UWA rangers got another gun with 29 bullets belonging to Denis Ongom, who is on the run.
“Every year in December, we experience an increase in the rate of poaching by people who want game meat,” said Okello.
As game rangers, they are committed to dealing with poachers who use illegal means to kill Uganda’s wildlife.
Uganda has a diversity of wildlife in its national parks. These include lions, zebras, buffaloes, elephants, leopards, baboons, giraffes, cheetahs, Uganda kobs, the rare situtungas, water bucks, bush bucks, bush pigs, chimpanzees and many more.
Uganda offers several wildlife safaris that enable visitors to catch great glimpses of theindigenous wildlife in Uganda’s parks.