Two Men Slaughtered In Ssemuliki National Park

Semuliki National Park

At least two people have been killed by unknown people in Rwebisengo Ssemuliki National Park in Western Uganda.

The killed have been identified as Richard Bagonza of Burungu, health Mugusu Sub County and Alex Lucky a resident of Karago town council Kabarole district.

The duo met their death on Sunday morning at around 3:00am.

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The relatives of the deceased claim the two were killed by the game rangers after a disagreement over money.

According to one Balinda, this a relative of Bagonza, illness the deceased were in Ssemuliki National Park grazing cattle during the dry spell.

He said they even put up temporary structures in the park.

The relative narrates that these cattle keepers have been paying shs100,000 per month to be allowed to graze from the National Park but this time they had delayed to pay by three days.

She said trouble started from a place called Kakaleju where the game rangers allegedly cut off the finger of some one. Before Bagonza died, he reportedly called one Kabagambe about the trouble they were in with the said rangers.

But Wilfred Chemutai the Game Warden Ssemuliki NP when contacted, he said he wasn’t aware of the horrible incident as he was away in Kampala for official duties since Friday.

He however, connected with the warden law enforcement officer who confirmed the death of two people.

The two are said to have been killed in their makeshift structures and bodies dumped in the game reserve with the intention of hiding evidence.

Mr. Chemutai however, suspects the two were killed by neighbors whom they were embroiled in wrangles with because all the bodies were cut into pieces with pangs.

He said if it was rangers, they would have used guns not pangas.

He said the Ssemuliki staff was on Sunday morning shocked to find chopped bodies dumped in the reserve which prompted them to call in police.

The bodies were handed over to the relatives of the deceased.

Semuliki National Park sprawls across the floor of the Semliki Valley on the remote, western side of the Rwenzori. The park is dominated by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin.


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