Court Convicts 3 for Unlawful Possession of Ivory

Buganda road grade one magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu has convicted three men who were found in unlawful possession of six pieces of Ivory valued at 28 million shillings.

The convicts are Rubindi Wilson, 31, a resident of Nakulabye, in Rubaga; Mugisha Frank, 27, from Ggaba in Makindye division and Akanyikiriza Macknon from, Katalemwa, Matugga in Wakiso district.

They were convicted on their guilty plea on the charges of unlawful possession of protected species which is a monopoly of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA)

Being that the three are first offenders, young in age with a chance to reform, the judge sentenced each of these to a fine of three million shillings, failure of which they will serve one year in jail.

Although they had asked to be sentenced to a caution, the judge rejected it on grounds that they are still young in age and they could have engaged in a legally recognized business.

The magistrate further noted that these deserved a deterrent sentence to prevent other people from engaging in the same since the   offence of killing elephants which are endangered species is on the rise in the country.

Prosecution contends that on 20th February 2019 at Zion hotel in Rubaga division Kampala district, the three were arrested and found in possession of six elephant ivory weighing 15.35kg and approximately valued at 28.20562 million Ugandan shillings.

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