UWA ranger shot dead on duty by armed poachers


NEWS-Police in kaabongo are investigating circumstances surrounding the death of a Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA)ranger .

The deceased has been identified as Pte. Charles Okawa,he was on duty in Kidepo valley conservation area when the unfortunate incident happened.

Uganda Wildlife Authority says, the incident happened on Monday evening while Okawa and eleven colleagues were on patrol in the park and responded to gun shots between the Lolupe and Narus.

According to UWA the gun shots led to a heavy exchange of gunfire between the rangers and the poachers, during which Okawa was shot dead by the enemy.

UWA adds that one poacher was put out of action and a gun recovered while three others fled.

 UWA executive director, Sam Mwandha said it was such big loss describing Okawa as someone who was protecting the country’s wildlife heritage from armed groups.

Sam stressed that the deceased’s bravery to counter armed poachers shows his commitment to conservation.