On the 13th January 2017 a 35year old man was convicted and sentenced to 12months imprisonment at Kiryandongo central police station after he had pleaded guilty for possession of wildlife products. Odongo who pleaded guilty before Grade One Magistrate Zulaika Nateeza at Kiryandongo Magistrate’s court having illegally obtained the ivory from an elephant in the park. This followed an operation executed by National Resource Conservation Network (NRCN) team and police being witnessed by the UWA intelligence officer and head ranger in the names of Lanyero Joyce and Modesto Olweny respectively. The suspect identified as Mr. Odongo Moses a resident of Gwalla1 village, is a fisherman and a porter at sinohydro electric power Construction Company located in Karuma Kiryandongo district. Moses admits having got the ivory in the bush on his way back from fishing.
Just like any other African country, Uganda still faces poaching pressure of wildlife in the recent years particularly in the parks of queen Elizabeth, Murchison, kidepo, Rwenzori, Bwindi, Lake mburo among others. It is estimated that Uganda has less than 5000 elephants where Murchison has the highest percentage. Uganda takes wildlife crime very seriously because wildlife is an important part of 0ur tourism industry, which is now our biggest foreign income earner. Wildlife trafficking is also a security issue because terrorist groups use it to fund the operations.
To curb down the vice, national resource conservation network is working in collaboration with other bodies to protect flora and fauna in Uganda and Africa as a whole. NRCN is a network of professionals who are using their training to ensure timely investigation, prosecution and reporting of wildlife crime in Uganda in order to reduce on incidences of wildlife poaching and promote conservation of wildlife at all costs.