Sunday, October 13, 2019
Boy Arrested Over Capturing Gaboon Viper (Salambwa)

The Uganda wildlife authority (UWA) officials arrested a young man and took him to the Kagadi police station to make a statement over capturing a gaboon viper snake locally know as salambwa.

Innocent Byamukama, 14 a resident Kirorero in Kagadi town council confirmed the allegations when he confessed that he captured the snake while trying to defend himself when he was harvesting yams in the swamp. He further narrated that it was told to him that he gaboon viper skin can be sold at a reasonable amount, therefore he decided to grab it in order to get some money for himself.

The head of UWA at the Muhooro Kagadi branch Wildlucj Sebindirana said that they were left with no choice but to release the boy after making the statement since he is still a minor, he, however, appealed to the residents to stop destroying the wildlife because this is the pillar of tourism. Finally, UWA decided to take the viper skin to the museum.

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