My career as a Ranger officially started in 1997 at Lulimbi, on the southern shores of Lake Edward protecting hippos and other animals. But before that I used to act as an informant to park authorities by pretending to be a fish salesman. The aim was to prevent poaching in the park and fishing in spawning grounds.
The year 1997 was when the war broke out and some Rangers fled which gave me the opportunity to fill a gap and join the wildlife protectors that I had long since admired. I started off with a para-military training and became a fully fledged Ranger some time after.
After 5 years I became head of the patrol post at Ishasha, near the Ugandan border. On one occasion I learned that a group of poachers was going to try and traffic poached meat from Congo to Uganda, so I mounted an operation. We set a trap and seized all the illicit cargo. The day after a Ugandan military official approached me and asked me if it was indeed I who had arrested the poachers and taken the bushmeat. When I confirmed that it was me I suddenly had about a dozen military men all over me. They stripped me and whipped me and then made me walk 4 kilometers naked. To top it off my hands were tied behind my back and I was strung up like a flag. I could feel the rope digging into my flesh.
My immediate superior at ICCN heard what was going on and immediately called the Ugandan officers. I was released, but was suffering as I had spent 4 days over there. But I recovered quickly and am extremely happy to be a Ranger. Today I support our new Director and I hope we all unite behind one man. I have always dreamed of being a driver for my fellow Rangers.
In all of this I am supported by my wife Kahindo Muyeye. We have 4 boys and 3 girls together.
I am a driver for my fellow Rangers and I travel all around the park. I have not always been a driver. I used to patrol on the Ugandan border near Lake Edward, and once was flogged by Ugandan military officers for seizing bushmeat.