Natural Resource Conservation Network together with Police flying squad unit Kampala metropolitan East arrested on 4th August red handed one notorious ivory traffickers namely Agele Swaibu 59yrs a resident of Naguru-Kasenge, Nakawa Division.
Upon his arrest he confessed to have picked the contraband from Kator Ephraim also known as Abraham a resident of Amudat district based in the town council and upon hearing that than the two teams swiftly acted on the information effecting the hunt for Abraham in Amudat who was arrested on 7th in Amudat town council and whisked to Kamapal Kiira road police station
Muhindo Laban, Media Assistant, Natural Resource Conservation Network said, ’The suspects are currently detained at Kiira Road police station waiting to appear in courts of law. The arrested confessed to have been in business for many years but acts as a middle men for the Pokot worriers on the Kenyan side.’
The suspects were arrested after a three month investigations and finally agreed to transact on 4th August in Kamwokya where they were cornered by the police while delivering 8 pieces of mature elephant ivory.
Elephant populations of many African countries were being decimated until the U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species banned the ivory trade in 1989.
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.