Shock as another Special Forces Command, State House Staff, netted with Tens of Kilograms in Ivory!
Natural Resource Conservation Network together with Kira Road Police in conjunction with Uganda Wildlife Authority arrested red handed warrant Officer Mugume Julius 42years Force No.74405 SFC (B) (pictured in shirt) , and Tumwebaze Richard 27years a bar manager in Entebbe while selling 16kgs of pure elephant ivory .The arrested were finally arrested after a long time investigations by conservationists and police. They were arrested on Yesterday 17th may at Mackie`s Restaurant Kamwokya Kampala.
The arrested senior officers of the UPDF are attached to (SFC) Special Forces Command attached to State House Nakasero who came as security to the buyer. The two suspects remain detained at Kira road Police Station waiting to appear in the courts of law as the hunt for their counterpart’s intensifies.
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)
Environmentalists say the elephants could be extinct within three decades unless they are protected. Uganda has a population of about 6000 with the biggest population living in Murchison falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kidepo Valley National park.This comes at a time when another two senior UPDF officers were arrested by NRCN in March this year in possession of the same.
The illegal wildlife trade has sacked in law enforcement agencies including the police and UWA where ivory worth billions disappeared from the strong stores of the wildlife agency in Kampala .Elephants are categorized as endangered animals listed on the red list of the world conservation union meaning that they are facing extinction if nothing is done to stop the trade and to protect their habitat.