Natural Resource Conservation Network together with Police in Kampala arrested Kurouma Bangally, a 25 year old Guinean citizen with two long pieces of pure elephant ivory measuring 12kgs.
Kurouma was arrested by officers from Natural Resources Conservation Network who tricked the suspect together with others still at large that they wanted to buy Ivory and needed samples first.
He was arrested on Tuesday 5th January, 2016 at Bakuli Mengo Rubaga Division Kampala district.
“Kurouma who was moving with his colleagues in a Toyota Prado Registration number UAT 075G brought two pieces of ivory as a sample of the two tons which they were willing to sell in case of a successful agreement with the buyers. He was arrested during the transaction while his colleagues took off,” The suspect is currently detained at Central Police Station (CPS).
A case file number SD83|05|01|2015 has been opened up where Kurouma is charged with illegal possession of wildlife products and illegal stay in the country since by the time of arrest his visa to Uganda had expired four months back.
He will be produced in court as the hunting for his colleagues who are on the run continues, said Muhindo Laban , a Media Assistant, Natural Resource Conservation Network.
“Thanks for the marvelous coordination of the detectives and local people.”
“These traffickers have got a very wide network which includes poachers who uses poisonous arrows and poisoned brew to kill the elephants. It has worsened to the extent that today foreigners are coming in directly to pick the ivory themselves. People in this business are so rich to the extent that they don’t find any problem paying fines on convictions and the imprisonment sentence of one to five years is also too small,” we as conservationists are calling for tougher laws.