Wildlife law enforcement actors from Natural Resource Conservation Network (NRCN) together with Uganda police officers has arrested one police constable attached to Kiira police station identified as Mugwaneza James together with Muhoozi Bill a known logger in Karuma and Resident of Gayaza last evening at Joka’s Hotel in Bweyogerere.
Mugwaneza was used as security to the seller who was possessing 2 long python skins measuring 6feet each but had earlier promised to deliver 10 python skins and later changed his mind and delivered two to see if the buyers were genuine.
According to Muhindo Laban, the Media Assistant, Natural Resource Conservation Network, the suspects are currently detained at Bweyogerere police post and charged with Illegal possession of wild life products or trophies and will be produced at Kiira court today.
Pythons often stay in rocky areas and ant-hills that are close to swampy areas where they easily hunt for prey.
The pythons feed on small mammals and without them rodents such as rats could increase in population and overwhelm the farming population.
The illicit trade in wildlife products parts is adding even more pressure on the populations of pythons and other wildlife species that have been illegally hunted over the years for skins.
Python poachers believe, can fetch bigger revenues because of the share size of the animals.
A matured python can be 12 meters providing enough incentives to poachers and traditional herbalists.