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Two Arrested with Ugx 2.5 Million Wild Game Skin :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Two Arrested with Ugx 2.5 Million Wild Game Skin

The suspects, identified as Isaac Akobo and Isaac Soyeko, were arrested in an operation mounted by officials from Natural Resource Conservation Network NRCN, Uganda Wildlife Authority UWA and police in Sebei sub region.
(L-R) Isaac Akobo and Isaac Soyeko arrested with wildlife skin in Kapchorwa town
Two suspected traffickers have been arrested in possession of wildlife body parts valued at 2.5 million Shillings.

The suspects, identified as Isaac Akobo and Isaac Soyeko, were arrested in an operation mounted by officials from Natural Resource Conservation Network (NRCN), Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and police in Sebei sub region.

The entities acted on a tip-off by members of the public who had seen the two arriving on motorcycles from remote parts of Bukwo district to Kapchorwa with three skins of leopard, cheetah and a serval cat.

Police says the suspects had booked a special hotel room in town that they planned to transact business in wild game products with buyers whom they did not disclose their identity.

The police CID officer, David Mayanja Bisaso said the two are suspected to have been carrying out the illegal wildlife business from parts of Western Kenya and selling the products to buyers in Uganda.

He said that the suspects, now in police custody, will be arraigned in court later today to face charges of being in possession of wildlife products against the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Act.

Section 30 of the UWA Act stipulates that no person may engage in any activities which involve the utilization of wildlife and wildlife products without first obtaining a grant of a wildlife use right.

Police says that they are launching an investigation to identify the source of the animal trophies.

The Chief Executive Officer for Natural Resource Conservation Network Vincent Opyene said, once police establishes the exact country where the trophies originated from, they will follow up with the said country to ensure that the trophies are handed to that respective country.

This, he says, is according to the memorandum of understanding the countries that are experiencing poaching and trafficking activities reached when African countries met in  Johannesburg, South Africa to discuss  the fate of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Abel Ahabwe, the senior investigations officer with NRCN says human-wildlife conflict in Uganda and many other countries threatens cheetah survival.

Ahabwe adds that habitat loss for such wildlife also presents a major threat to cheetahs saying, “As human populations grow and expand, agriculture, roads, and settlements destroy the open grasslands that cheetahs favor.”

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