NRCN (Natural Resource Conservation Network) wildlife law enforcement team together with Uganda Police on 13th June 2016 arrested Twinomastiko Dan 45, Mbeera Paddy 48, Rumuri Boaz 46 all residents of Bushenyi with 50kgs of mature hippo ivory the suspects are currently detained at CPS Bushenyi waiting prosecution. The arrested have been operating in a big racket connected to various re-known traffickers from western districts looking for serious buyers on routine basis.
According to our intelligence information the vice has been moving on for decades that has led to the killing of thousands of Hippos in the areas of Mitooma,Kasese,Rubirizi and other Nighbouring districts leading to the demise of not only Hippos but even other wild animals such as Elephants. The population of Hippos in Uganda is not known as they are found in many parts of the country. Hippos are under part B (cap 198) under the game and preservation control of 1959 and are not be hunted or captured accept under special permits, however their population has drastically decreased and are now listed in appendix1 by CITES (Convention on International Trade of wild Fauna and Flora).Hippo teeth or Ivory, Pangolin scales are also used as substitutes of Elephant Ivory.
Hippos are hunted aggressively in Uganda and in neighboring countries which has endangered their populations over time. To issue a permit, the exporting country must determine that this activity will have no detriment to the wild population. Insatiable demand for Hippo ivory from East and Southeast Asia (particularly from China and Vietnam) has been the primary factor leading to the demise of their populations.
(Media Assistant, Natural Resource Conservation Network)