The convict, Bwambale Julius Futi, a resident of Karughe village,Karambi sub-county ,Kasese district was arrested on April 20, 2016 in possession of 4 mature long pieces of Elephant ivory by officials from the Natural Resource Conservation Network, Uganda Wildlife Authority and Police.
The arrest followed a tip off that some people within the area were illegally keeping ivory ready for transaction.
The arrested are currently being detained at Kasese Police Station waiting to appear in the courts of law.
Elephants are categorized as endangered animals listed in the red data list of IUCN meaning they are facing extinction if no efforts are done to curb down the vice and any unauthorized trade in ivory and other related products is prohibited.
Muhindo Laban, the Media Assistant, Natural Resource Conservation Network, says any person who is convicted of an offence involving taking, hunting, molesting or reducing into possession any protected species, possession of, selling, buying, transferring or accepting in transfer specimen of protected species, contravention of the provisions of the act which provide for the conduct of a license under a professional hunters’ license or a professional trappers license.
“The capture and jailing of suspected poachers and traffickers indicates how serious NRCN and Police is about tackling wildlife crime and how determined we are to ensure that poachers pay for their crimes,” “We call upon residents living near game parks to desist from collaborating with poachers, but work with law enforcers to protect animals. We also call upon game rangers to be vigilant against environment crimes and work with the Police to overcome the illegal acts of poachers.”
Although poaching still remains a threat to wild life in Uganda and neighboring countries, there are strong efforts between the Police, NRCN and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and other entities, to curb the vice and protect Uganda’s wild species.