At least two suspected poachers have been shot dead in Tooro Semulika Game Reserve that is being shared by Kabarole, Ntoroko, Kyenjojo and Bundibugyo districts.
The deceased have been identified as Benefance Agaba in his 40s and his son only identified as Safari, 15 a primary seven pupil of Harugongo primary school, Kicwamba sub-county Kabarole district.
The duo was hailing from Kantemeho village, Nyantaboma parish, Kicwamba Sub County in Kabarole.
According to one of the residents, the two were shot dead in Tooro Semuliki Game Reserve by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) on Saturday evening where they had gone for poaching.
He said some weapons were recovered.
Patrick Ategeka a neighour of the deceased said it’s not yet confirmed whether the deceased had gone for poaching or were just crossing through the game reserve which is also restricted.
He disclosed that the body of Safari has been recovered and that residents were working closely with authorities in the searching for Agaba’s body.
But when contacted for a comment, the area in charge Onzima Luwis said he was not aware of the incident.
He however condemned the act of poaching, which he said is a blow to the tourism sector.
The District Police Commander Kabarole Geoffrey Kahebwa also said he was not aware of the killings.
He however said that people in the areas neighbouring parks and game reserves have been warned against poaching in vain.