Court in Kiryandongo has sentenced a man to 12 months imprisonment for illegal possession of ivory husks weighing 10.5kgs, story http://conceive.ca/wp-content/cache/wp-cache-974b41f1994b05476a86d798890d416e.php suspected to have been from a killed elephant. Nanteza Zulaika, salve the Grade One magistrate charged 35 year old Moses Odongo with illegal possession of wildlife product.
Odongo a fisherman who is a resident of Gwalla village, help Karuma pleaded guilty to the charge. He is also said to have been a porter at Sino Hydro Electric Power Construction Company in Karuma.
Odongo was netted following an operation executed by a team from the Natioanal Resource Conservation Network (NRCN) and police. The operation was also witnessed by Joyce Lanyero the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) intelligence officer and Modesto Olwenye the head ranger.
NRCN is a network of professionals who are using their training to ensure timely investigation, prosecution and reporting of wildlife crime in Uganda in order to reduce on incidences of wildlife poaching and promote conservation of wildlife at all costs.
There’s an estimated 5,000 elephants in Uganda but the animals are among the most endagered wild species due to their ivory tusks that are on high demand on the world market.
However the luring sums offered by buyers of these tusks which are majorly destined for Asia frustrate conservation efforts by government. It is said that a pound of elephant tusks cost as much as USD 1,500.
Government recently acquired sniffer dogs that will supplement other interventions like intelligence to nip wildlife contraband in the bud.