Three suspects who were arrested for allegedly killing six lions in Queen Elizabeth national park have been transferred to Kibuli Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters in Kampala.
The suspects are Vincent Tumuheirwe aged 48, David Miryango,68 all residents of Tukundane Village and Robert Ariho,40, a resident of Kazinga lower village in Rusoroza parish, Kihihi sub-county, Kanungu district.
The lions were found dead on Friday in Ishasha sector, Kihihi sub-county, Kanungu district.
Their heads, feet, tails, hearts and livers were cut off and taken. Eight vultures that fed on the carcasses of the lions were also found dead. On Monday, UWA, Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) and police officers led by Hajji Shafique Ssekandi, Kanungu Resident District Commissioner, his Deputy Gad Ahimbisibwe Rugaju, Pontious Ezuma, UWA warden for Queen Elizabeth National park launched an operation in Rusoroza parish, Kihihi sub-county and arrested the suspects.
On Wednesday night, Fred Enanga, police spokesperson said that Tumuheirwe, Miryango and Ariho have been transferred from Kanungu police station to Kibuli CID headquarters for more interrogations.
Gad Ahimbisibwe Rugaaju, Kanungu Deputy Resident District Commissioner says that investigations have indicated that the suspects wanted to sell the fat oil from the killed lions’ intestines at Shs. 40,000 per litre.
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