The police in Rubirizi district together with officials from Natural Resource Conservation Network have arrested three persons over illegal trade in endangered species of animals Turinawe Godious 34, Muramira Joseph 37 and Aharimpisya Johnson 32 with 57 pieces of Hippo ivory which means over 15 Hippopotamus were butchered
NRCN officials had received a tipoff recently regarding operation of a racket in the district, which has been engaged in illegal trade of endangered species on a regular basis. Acting on the information, a team of NRCN and Police conducted a raid and arrested the culprits. The arrested are currently detained at CPS Rubirizi waiting to appear in the courts of law for prosecution to commence and a file number SD 03/17/07/2016 and CRB 635/13 bearing a charge of “Illegal possession of wildlife trophies or products has already been opened against the three”
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). Wildlife is hunted aggressively in Uganda and in neighboring countries and 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 some wildlife products like ivory and pangolins from East and Southeast Asia (particularly from China and Vietnam) has been the primary factor leading to the demise of their populations.