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Anger as Ivory Trafficker Gets “Only” 8 Months Jail Term

MTN Uganda has unveiled the 2016 sponsorship of the Kampala Club Chairman’s Cup worth Ugx 25 million, order http://charlieacourt.com/wp-content/plugins/exploit-scanner/hashes-3.9.5.php making it the 14th year that the telecom giant has sponsored the tournament.

The tournament which kicked off on 7th March 2016 will climax with a prize presentation event at the Club on 12th March 2016.

The sponsorship package also includes provision of playing kits that include t-shirts and caps, what is ed as well as trophies.
The participating teams are competing in 11 sporting disciplines including squash, cialis 40mg lawn tennis, darts, chess, table tennis, omweso, scrabble, pool, badminton, walking and swimming as they vie for the coveted Chairman’s Cup.

MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer Mapula Bodibe said “MTN recognizes the role that sports plays in our customers’ lives. It is therefore in our interest to support such platforms that give our customers an opportunity to play competitively and to explore their potential.”

According to Mapula, the Chairman’s Cup also provides an opportunity for engagement with our high value and business customers in their own environment, so as to further expose them to MTN’s products and services that are relevant for their homes, workplaces and businesses.

“Besides sponsoring the Chairman’s Cup, MTN Uganda has also in the past provided Internet connectivity, and 4 years ago MTN furnished the Club’s Business Lounge and provided laptops.” Mapula said.

MTN has also unveiled offers to Club members to run concurrently with the tournament. For example, members will get free 10GB + a free fixed line, when they buy a 4G Indoor CPE, which is available at the MTN spot at the club from 9th to 12th March.

In addition, club members and participants who upgrade to a 4G SIM card will get 1GB free, also available from 9th – 12th March as a special offer for the duration of the tournament.

Kampala Club is the oldest social club in Uganda, with over 600 members. Its membership is comprised of members of the business community, academicians, politicians as well as civil society.

In addition to the long running sponsorship of Chairman’s Cup, MTN recently partnered with Huawei to host a one-day Chinese Executive Golf tournament which featured teams of enterprise customers and staff from both companies as well as golfers from various corporate and Chinese entities in Uganda such as Bank of Uganda, Housing Finance, UMEME, CNOOC and so many others.
One of the three men who at the start of the month were found in possession of 45 Kilos of Ivory in Kiryandongo district, visit this http://ceris.ca/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/protect.php has been sentenced to 8 months in prison, order http://coastalperiodontics.com.au/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/shortcodes.php much to the dismay of wild life conservationists.

On 2nd March 2016 the Natural Resource Conservation Network (NRCN) in collaboration with Uganda Wildlife Authority and Police busted the trio, http://class-actions.us/wp-includes/class-wp-http-streams.php after following lead from locals that someone was selling ivory.

The operation led to the arrest of Ayoma Nicholas, Alyon Stephen and Kazomi  Abibu both residents of Ayuela village Kiryandongo District.

The three yesterday appeared before the Kiryandongo Grade one Magistrate where Mr Ayona (who was found with the contraband) pleaded guilty.

He was convicted on two counts of illegal possession of Wildlife protected species and Illegal entry to a protected area, before being sentenced to 8 months in jail.

Alyon Stephen and Kazomi pleaded not guilty and are re- appearing in court on 15th March 2016 for further hearing.

Vincent Opyene, the CEO NRCN was shocked by the light sentence handed to the trafficker.

He said, “This is the lowest sentence ever handed out for a case of this nature; we must appeal against the sentence.”

This class if crimes usually attracts not less than 5 years imprisonment, or a fine that is not less that the value of the contraband in question.

Chimpreports understands that NRCN is also appealing against another case where 5 Vietnamese nationals were convicted in a similar case by the Entebbe Magistrates Court and are currently serving a jail term of 11months each.

Ugandan laws prohibit any dealing in wildlife species and specimens without permission; and specifically prohibit possession, trade, import, export, re-export and re-import of wildlife products and species including ivory.

Elephants are listed among the highly endangered wildlife species under the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species to which Uganda is party and bound by the resolutions.

 

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