Crime & Investigation

Kisoro: Man Arrested With 43kg Of Ivory

Police in Kisoro has in detention a man who was arrested with ivory weighing up to 43 kilograms.

The suspect identified as Richard Munyaribanje, 30 years old and a resident of Bunagana was arrested on Wednesday after a tip off from a concerned citizen.

According to the laws of Uganda, ivory trade is illegal and attracts gross penalty and imprisonment.

The trade was declared illegal in the 1989 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) which banned trade in ivory and other elephant products following the massive killing of elephants in Africa.

In a statement, Police said that it is not yet clear though, where the suspect got the ivory but  inquiries are ongoing to establish how he acquired the highly priced illegal items.

Security agencies in Uganda have in the recent past strengthened crackdown on smuggling of wild animals and parts such as pangolin skin, ivory among others.

Early this year, Police impounded more than 700 pieces of ivory and hundreds of pangolin scales which were discovered inside hollowed logs in Kampala.

Authorities also arrested two Vietnamese nationals who were suspected of smuggling the items.

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The illegal cargo was impounded by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) after scanning three 20-feet containers carrying timber logs which had crossed the border from South Sudan.

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