Two Men Jailed for Encroaching On Game Reserve

1492 Views Hoima, Uganda

In short
Court presided over by Chief Magistrate Geoffrey Emmy Seyekwo heard that on January 19the two men illegally entered Kabwoya Wildlife Area, in Kabwoya Sub County, Hoima district without authority, contrary to provisions of the wildlife act.

The Chief Magistrates Court in Hoima has jailed two men for encroaching on a game reserve.

The convicts are Madrai Kasimiro, 53, a fisherman at Kaiso landing site and Adama Mademoiselle, 64, a tailor, also resident of the same landing site in Buseruka Sub County. They will spend one year in Jail.

Court presided over by Chief Magistrate Geoffrey Emmy Seyekwo heard that on January 19the two men illegally entered Kabwoya Wildlife Area, in Kabwoya Sub County, Hoima district without authority, contrary to provisions of the wildlife act.

They were also involved in the destruction of vegetation, affected the protected species within the game reserve. They pleaded guilty to the charges and confirmed to court that they had cut down two trees in order to get out timber by the time they were arrested.

However, state prosecutor Robert Arinaitwe told court that despite being first time offenders, the two men needed custodial sentences to deter other people from raiding protected areas and forests to destroy the environment.

Seyekwo handed the duo a one year sentence each on every count which jail term they will serve concurrently. The convicts will serve their sentences in Hoima Government Prison.

 

About the author

Thembo Kahungu
Thembo Kahungu is interested in journalism that changes lives. A recent example is when a suspect in state prosecutor Joan Kagezi was held longer than the law states. Kahungu is proud to note that it was his follow up on Geoffrey Kato's unlawful detention that led to the freedom of the boda boda rider.

Previously based in Kasese, Kahungu has been reposted to Hoima town. Kahungu is now the Uganda Radio Network Hoima bureau chief.

Kahungu has been a practicing journalist since 2007. He was a reporter for Radio Messiah and Kasese Guide Radio. He was also the Kasese Daily Monitor freelance writer. He has also been a teacher at Liberty College of Management and Journalism in Kasese district.

Kahungu is deeply interested in investigative journalism. Kahungu has developed a big interest in covering issues to do with Oil, Gas and Mining after attending a fellowship in Ghana in October 2015 under the sponsorship of Natural Resource Governance Institute.