By our Wildlife reporter
Odongo Moses 35, a resident of Gwalla1 village, Karuma Sub County, Kiryandongo district has been sentenced to 12 months in jail for illegal possession of Ivory.
Odongo, a fisherman and a porter at Sinohydro Electric Power Construction Company in Kiryandongo district Odongo was arrested on 12th January 201 at Gwalla1 village Karuma with two pieces of ivory weighing 10.5kgs.
His arrest followed an operation by National Resource Conservation Network (NRCN) team and Uganda Police witnessed by officers from Uganda Wildlife Authority.
In March 2013, Uganda was identified by CITES as one of the eight countries most heavily implicated in the illegal ivory trade. And was instructed to submit an Ivory Action Plan outlining concrete actions to remedy the situation.
Every year in Africa between 30,000 and 40,000 elephants are poached for their ivory, and it’s thought there are only 400,000 left.
Even accounting for the newborns, this rate of killing calls into question whether these amazing creatures will still be around in a generation, especially as Africa’s ever-increasing population is reducing the space for them.