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UWA Ranger Shoots Dead One Person, Injure Another in Bukwo

Fredmark Chesang, the Sipi Region Police Spokesperson has regretted the incident, saying the deceased’s body has been handed over to Bukwo Health Center Iv for postmortem while his brother has been moved to Kumi Orthopedic hospital for further management.
A Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA ranger attached to Mount Elgon National Park Ranger has allegedly shot dead one person and critically injured another in Bukwo district. The deceased has been identified as 20-year-old Clinton Kiplimo, a resident of Tulwov village in Chepkwasta Sub County while the injured is the deceased’s brother, Augustine Kwemboi.

He is currently nursing a broken leg at Bukwo main hospital.  The two were reportedly grazing animals in the park when they were shot. However, police have dismissed the claims that the two were grazing animals when they were shot, saying the rangers acted in self-defence from rowdy residents who tried to gain forceful entry into the park to rescue one of their colleagues who was illegally felling trees after he was hit by a falling tree.

Police say the rangers opened fire to scare off the residents and one bullet hit Kiplimo on the head killing him instantly while the other shattered his brother’s leg. Fredmark Chesang, the Sipi Region Police Spokesperson has regretted the incident, saying the deceased’s body has been handed over to Bukwo Health Center Iv for postmortem while his brother has been moved to Kumi Orthopedic hospital for further management.

He says the rangers who shot at the duo are still at large as investigations into the matter are ongoing. Following the incident, aggrieved residents descended on the home of the area LC III Chairperson, Benson Chemusto accusing him of working with UWA to torture them and they tortured his granaries that he recently stocked with maize. They also hacked eight head of cattle.


Mount Elgon National Park which is under the authority of Uganda Wildlife Authority has been a grazing ground for animals belonging to the locals bordering the park for decades until an Act of parliament was enacted in 2019 stopping people from grazing in the park.  The law has escalated clashes between UWA rangers and communities neighbouring the parks.

Anyone found grazing animals in the park is liable to a fine of Shillings 50,000 for every head of cattle that is impounded.  This, the community says has impoverished them since several animals are impounded from the park each day. Those that can’t pay or bribe the officials lose their animals.