Traders of wildlife endangered species to get life imprisonment
President Yoweri Museveni has assented to the Uganda Wildlife Authority Bill 2017, which stipulates that people found guilty of trading in endangered wildlife species be handed a life sentenced in prison.
The exciting clause about the new law, is the compensation of communities bordering Uganda National Parks in case of any damage to their property or lives caused by wild animals in the external boundary.
Previously, wild animals have inflicted damages outside the gazetted area causing loss of lives, destruction of crops as well as domestic animals, families around the parks could not been compensated by the Authority because the existing laws never catered for it.
The compensation issue has for long been contentious between the community living near national parks and Uganda Wildlife Authorities.
The law clearly states that, “Anyone found guilty of committing a crime involving wildlife endangered species will be sentenced to a fine of not less than Ugx 20 billion or a life imprisonment or both, depending on the gravity of the matter.”
Wildlife activists and Tourism operators have welcomed the Uganda Wildlife Act 2019 law saying it will preserve and promote wildlife and tourism in the country.