The Natural Resource Conservation Network Working together with Uganda Police of Rubirizi district on the 23rd of February 2016, arrested one person for illegal possession and dealing in ivory. Taremwa Godfrey 38 resident of Katerera was in position of 2 long mature Savannah elephant tusks obtained from Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Taremwa is currently being detained at Rubirizi Central Police station waiting to appear in court.
Uganda and Tanzania were last year named by the Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species (Cites) as part of a “gang of eight” responsible for the wanton killings of African elephants. Other countries on the list are Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand and China.
“In 1979 there were an estimated 1.3 million African Elephants. A decade later, widespread poaching had reduced that figure by more than half. Just 600,000 African Elephants remain” (BloodyIvory.org). This depletion is mainly due to ivory trade and habitat destruction.
(Media Assistant, Natural Resource Conservation Network)