Police in Kasese district have arrested a man suspected to be behind the death of six lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park. A pride of five lions and 16 Vultures were found dead on May 19th about one and half kilometers from Hamukungu fish landing site in Queen Elizabeth national park. The five lions are part of a family of about ten lions, which have been roaming along Kasenyi track. The rangers suspect that the lions were poisoned and one person has so far been arrested in connection with the lion's death. The suspect has been identified as Eriphaz Mazimwa, a resident of Hamukungu landing site, located about 2kms from Queen Elizabeth National Park. Abbas Ssenyonga, the Criminal Investigation Officer, says the suspect was picked from his home on Sunday night and detained at Hamukungu police post. He was later transferred to Kasese Central Police station. Preliminary investigations show that Eliphaz had been complaining that the lions were eating up his cows. When URN visited the scene of crime, a head of a calf was found between the dead lions another fresh head of a cow, and a skin were found placed near the dead lion. Reports from Hamukungu, show that two months ago lions ate six cows in the same area before they were chased away by the park rangers. But On Monday evening, the suspect was released on police bond. The CID officer said that police are continuing with the investigations. Speaking to journalists in Kasese, Eliphaz denied any involvement in poisoning the lions. The dead lions were the only pride of lions the tourists could be sure seeing whenever they wanted to see lions while in Queen Elizabeth national park. Dr. Margaret Drachiru a veterinary doctor working with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) said the carcasses show the lions could have died on May16. In 2006, about 10 lions were killed in Queen Elizabeth National Park, in areas, which were temporarily occupied by the Basongora pastoralists who were chased from Virunga national park in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Updated: 21 Feb, 12:4812:48