By Markson Omagor
A man who killed a silver back gorilla in June, 2020 has been convicted and sentenced to 11 years imprisonment.
Felix Byamukama, was yesterday 29th July 2020 sentenced by the Kabale Chief Magistrate’s Court for killing Rafiki, the silverback that belongs to the Nkuringo Gorilla group in Bwindi impenetrable National Park.
Byamukama a resident of Murole village, Nteko Parish in Kisoro district was arrested on June 4th 2020. His three accomplices, Bampabenda Evarist, Museveni Valence and Mubangizi Yonasi denied the charges and were remanded to Kisoro prison.
Rafiki on June 1st, 2020 went missing and the following day when a team of UWA rangers mounted a search, his body was found in Hakato area inside Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The 25-year-old gorilla was fatally stabbed in the abdomen.
Byamukama pleaded guilty to three counts of illegal entry into a protected area, killing a gorilla and duiker. The Chief Magistrate, His Worship Julius Borere therefore sentenced him to 5, 6, and 5 years respectively to be served concurrently.
In the second case file, Byamukama pleaded guilty to counts of killing a bush pig, being in possession of bush pig meat and duiker meat for which he was sentenced to 5 years to run after he serves the first six years on case file one. Therefore, he will serve a total of 11 years.