Three men in their mid-30s have been arrested in Nwoya district for possessing illegal wild life products. The trio identified as Ayella Bob, Okello Eric and Otema Justin reisdents of Anaka village, are said to have obtained Ivory from an elephant killed by unknown people in the area last week and started looking for market. It was at this time that Natural Resource Conservation Network (NRCN) learnt about the sale for ivory and got in touch.
The suspects stated that they removed tusks knowing how valuable ivory is however much illegal it is. According to Otema, they were going to sell at 300,000 Uganda shillings each kilogram. The poachers target ivory whose demand has increased on both local and international markets. Elephants are one of the original ‘Big Five’ game animals that attract tourists from around the world to come to Uganda for a safari. The killing of the elephants is a setback to both conservation and tourism gains. Although around the world, elephants are under threat with an increased demand for ivory, conservation agency estimates show that elephant numbers have decreased by 62% over the last decade.
According to Nwoya police, Mr. Ayella and his friends are going to be kept in police custody as investigations go on to find out the killer gun and the killer then face courts as stated in the Uganda Wildlife Act.