Uganda Wildlife Authority are exploring means of unraveling the cause of expanding volumes of illegal trade in ivory in the country.
The capital Kampala according to UWA officials, see http://claps-sante.fr/wp-content/plugins/wp-gmappity-easy-google-maps/wpgmappity-tools.php is gradually becoming central to the export of ivory to the world.
UWA Managing Director Mr Andrew Seguya concernedly revealed to Chimpreports recently that Kololo, health a leafy suburb has lately turned to a major aggregating center for most is the ivory collected across the continent.
He said ivory is smuggled into the country in small quantities and aggregated inside the high-walled Kololo bungalows in preparation for export mainly to China, information pills Thailand and the other nations in the Middle East.
“Those big and posh homes you see up there are real crime spots,” said Seguya.” They are heavily guarded and fitted with CCTV cameras; security that’s not normal for an ordinary home.”
A number of operations have been carried out in these houses with assistance from police and a number of tusks captured.
Other suburbs where this trade is steadily taking root include Lugujja, Luzira and Mutundwe.
In October last year, URA officials seized 832 pieces of smuggled ivory, implying over 400 dead elephants (about 8% of the total population of Uganda’s elephants).
Most of the ivory Mr Seguya says, makes it into the country thanks to highly porous borders and light legal framework, compared to the Southern and West African countries where it comes from.
He went on and noted that the country lacks sufficient equipment to track down the criminals and detect the concealed ivory on most border points as well as at the airport through which it is exported.
“We need scanners at all border points and at every weigh bridge. Government has not invested much in this; the fiew scanners there is at the airport are all owned privately,” he added.
The elephant tusks according to Seguya are also being sneaked in using public buses, especially from South Sudan, which calls for more efficient screening equipment.
He adds that URA’s Customs team and Civil Aviation Authority officials have severally been implicated in conniving with the criminals to smuggle the ivory in and out of the country.
“At one point we carried out an operation with police at Entebbe airport and discovered ivory hidden in offices of CAA workers,” he noted.
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It read: “Qualifications: A Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, office management and other related fields of study from a recognized institution. 4+ years of working experience. Must be a foreigner (Indian, Phillipino, White).”
The racist company is based in Naguru, Katalima Road.
Efforts to reach the company’s proprietors were fruitless as our calls went unanswered.
However, a quick search shows that Shell and Bolton deals in hospitality and construction industries.
It opened up in 1962 in a city of New South Wales, Australia and has been operating in different countries in USA and many others
Ever since 1962 shell and Bolton claims to have constructed “so many projects including hotels, schools, commercial buildings including banks, shopping malls, wads and many others, in all continents Africa, Asia, Europe North America.
That such a high profile international organisation can pay for a racist advert in a main stream newspaper has raised concerns about the welfare and treatment of local staff at the company.
Richards Guma commented on Facebook: “This needs to be taken seriously. If there wasn’t an error in the advert, how are the black employees treated inside the company?”
He added: “Again some companies may discriminate but won’t go ahead to brag about it in a national newspaper.”
Bobmartin Baine described the advert as “pathetic!”
He inquired:”Aren’t we supposed to promote our home grown talent?”
Stephen Muhangi said the development “is very unacceptable” while Sara Awahyo said this was “disgusting from such renowned companies. Amin should come back and chase them away.”
Deputy Police publicist, Polly Namaye was not readily for comment on whether the law enforcement body would crack the whip on the racist company.
According to Chapter 4 of the Uganda Constitution, the law provides for equality and freedom from discrimination.
It reads: “All persons are equal before and under the law in all spheres of political, economic, social and cultural life and in every other respect and shall enjoy equal protection of the law.
(2) Wthout prejudice to clause(1) of this article, a person shall not be discriminated against on the ground of sex, race, colour, ethnic origin, tribe, birth, creed or religion, or social or economic standing, political opinion or disability.
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