Natural Resource Conservation Network together with Police flying squad unit Kampala metropolitan East in conjunction with Uganda Wildlife Authority arrested yesterday on 15th June, 2016 red handed the two notorious ivory traffickers namely Wausa Ali Hisejere 47yrs a resident of Nambulagama in Butaleja district and Kwetesa Dickson 38 from Kyegegwa District who was acting as the broker to the main buyer, bringing the number of arrests to 2 in June only.
The two suspects are currently detained at Jinja Road police station waiting to appear in courts of law.The arrested confessed to have been in business for many years, The suspects were finally arrested after a long time investigations and finally agreed to transact yesterday in Naguru where they were finally cornered by the police while selling 20kgs of chopped Ivory pieces.
Dozens of the elephants have been killed in recent years by villagers, who regard the Elephants as pests that destroy their plantations. The International Union for Conservation of Nature listed the Elephants as “critically endangered” after their numbers dropped critically to an estimated 5,000 last year CITES lists Elephants in Appendix I (18/01/1990), except populations of Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe (Appendix II, 18/09/1997) and South Africa (Appendix II, 19/07/2000) saying Environmentalists say the elephants could be extinct within three decades unless they are protected.
(Media Assistant, Natural Resource Conservation Network)