Police in Kiryandongo District with help from Natural Resource Conservation Network (NRCN) has arrested 2 people while in possession of Elephant tusks worth over 21 million shillings.
Alphonse Ongom, a 40-year-old farmer and Morris Okello, 37, a primary school teacher at Opok Primary School were both found with 53 kgs of ivory at Opok Trading Center.
According to the duo, the Ivory belongs to a one “Done” who is currently at large.
They were meant to earn a commission after the sale of the Ivory, but were arrested during the process of the transaction.
The suspects are currently been held at Kiryandong Police station but will be transferred Kampala Central Police station where questioning will continue and they will be arraigned in court.
According to the Natural Resource Conservation Network Legal advisor Winnie Namayenje, the two will be charged with;
- Unlawful possession of a protected species contrary to Sections 30 and 75 (b) of the Uganda Wildlife Act CAP 200 which provides for the offence of unlawful possession of protected species and the punishment is a fine of not less than 1m or not more than 5 years imprisonment and in any case the fine must be not less than the value of the wildlife product involved.
- Conspiracy to commit a felony contrary to section 390 of the penal code act. This offence attracts a maximum sentence of 7 years in Prison.