UWA arrests notorious Chimpanzee killer

UWA arrests notorious Chimpanzee killer

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has arrested a suspected Chimpanzee killer.

Yafesi Baguma, 36 a suspected ring leader together with his colleagues allegedly killed two Chimpanzees in Bugoma Forest and Kabwoya Wildlife save.

According to UWA, Baguma is a known notorious poacher who has been at large following the arrest of his colleagues last month.He has been on the wanted list of criminals suspected to be part of the five people that killed two Chimpanzees about four months ago.

“The operation mounted on 10th January, 2022 that ended with his successful arrest followed an intelligence tip off and a combined operation by UWA rangers and Uganda Police. Baguma was found in Kakindo Village in Kakumiro district, 104 km away from Kabwoya Wildlife save where he had fled four months ago after killing two Chimpanzees. Baguma had abandoned his home in Nyaigugu village, Kimbugu parish, Kabwoya subcounty, Kikuube district,” UWA said in a press statement on Monday.

” On September 27, 2021, Baguma and three others; Nabasa Isiah, 27 years, Tumuhairwa John, 22 years and Baseka Eric, 25 years suspected to have killed two Chimpanzees at Nyaigugu village, Kimbugu parish, Kabwoya subcounty, Kikuube district. The three are on remand in connection with the same case.”

Baguma is currently at Kampala Central Police stop from where he will be arraigned before the Utilities, Standards and Wildlife Court and charged with illegal killing of protected species.

“UWA will continue to look for remaining speculate so that all the five are brought before the law to answer the charges.”


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