Two high profile ivory traffickers arrested


Natural Resource Conservation Network together with Police flying squad unit Kampala metropolitan East in conjunction with Uganda Wildlife Authority arrested yesterday 21st April red handed the two notorious ivory traffickers.

They are; Kagaba Selevest 48 years a resident of Katwe and Aringi Dan a student and a resident of Luzira bring the total number of arrests to 5 in April only by NRCN.

The two suspects are currently detained at Jinja Road police station waiting to appear in courts of law as the hunt for their counterpart identified as Akena who took at lightning speed during the arrest intensifies .

Muhindo Laban, the Media Assistant, Natural Resource Conservation Network says the arrested confessed to have been in business for many years.

The suspects were finally arrested after a three-month investigations and finally agreed to transact on 21st April at midday at Conrad plaza basement where they were finally cornered by the police while selling 4peices of mature elephant ivory weighing 30kgs.

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.


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