By Martin Ssebuyira
Prison warders ordered to detain 76 men convicted for hunting without licences were faced with a rare dilemma; what to do with the 30 hunting dogs.
The 76 hunters from Mpenja, Butambala, were arrested on Tuesday in Kiboga District and convicted, on their guilty pleas, of hunting protected animals without licences. They were sentenced to fines of about Shs100,000 each.
Grade One Magistrate Masitula Mulondo also ordered the burning of the 66 hunting nets impounded and said the verdict of the remaining exhibits, including 30 hunting dogs, 45 machetes and six knives would be decided on March 22.
However, the court session ended at 7.30pm, after banks had closed, and the hunters were locked up as they could not pay the fines. This left the warders with the dilemma of what to deal with one particularly problematic set of exhibits; the hunting dogs, which prosecutor Charles Okeny described as exhibits. More....