By Our Reporter
KIBALE, Uganda|SHIFTMEDIA| The Uganda Wildlife Authority fraternity is mourning the murder of one of their rangers.
The ranger, identified as Sgt Emmanuel Matsipa was attacked by five armed poachers while he was on duty in Kibale Kibale National Park.
According to a press statement issued by UWA, Matsipa was killed on Saturday in the areas around Kanyantare in Kyenjojo district.
“The late together with five colleagues were ambushed by about five armed poachers within Kibale National Park who opened fire killing him instantly. The team responded with fire killing one of the poachers while the others fled,” noted the statement signed by the UWA Communications Manager Bashir Hangi.
The deceased who had served the wildlife body for 23 years has been described by the UWA Executive Director, Sam Mwandha as a hero who died in the line of duty.
“We have lost another hero. The increasing numbers of wildlife throughout the country is because of selfless people like Matsipa. We shall remember him as a brave ranger who put his country first but ended up trading his life for wildlife,” Mwandha said.
However, the wildlife body said they will not tire down in their efforts to protect the wildlife, despite conservation becoming more risking day by day.
“We put our lives on the line day and night in executing our mandate and we call upon the public, especially the communities neighboring protected areas to support us in this cause. We should not allow a few selfish individuals to decimate our wildlife for personal benefit at the expense of all Ugandans,” UWA said.