By Kevin Heath
It’s of real concern that Morgan – Paul Sadala - has managed to buy his freedom from the Mai Mai who were holding him. It appears that as the D R Congo were negotiating his handover and trying to raise the $10,000 demanded Morgan offered his captors $20,000 to go free. His release will mean that both people and wildlife in the region are back under threat from a criminal with no boundaries.
Morgan’s men were responsible for the attack on the Epulu Station which lead to the deaths of 7 people including 2 wildlife rangers and the burning alive of the wife of another ranger. They also looted and destroyed the ranger station, local Okapi conservation projects and a number of local villages. Women were raped and hostages taken – some women and children are still being held as sex slaves by his men.
At the same time he and his men killed 14 okapi that was at the conservation project within the World Heritage Site of the Okapi Reserve in DR Congo.
In the last two weeks of July alone Morgan and his men were responsible for the slaughter of 200 elephants in the region. He is also responsible for the destruction of wildlife habitat with illegally gold mining in the World Heritage Site.
It’s believed that the Mai Mai who captured Morgan held on to him for up to 6 days while the government tried to bring the reward together but eventually Morgan offered a better deal for them. More....