By Watchdog Reporter
A 35-year-old man in Kiryandongo District who was earlier arrested by Uganda Police for allegedly possessing two pieces of ivory has been sentenced to 12 years in jail without fines.
The suspect was arrested trying to sell Ivory amounting to 10.5kgs at Gwalla village Karuma on 12th January 2017. 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 Olwenye respectively.
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.
The convict, Mr. Odongo Moses, is a resident of Gwalla1 village, who says he is a fisherman and a porter at Sinohydro electric power Construction Company located in Karuma Kiryandongo district.
Odongo pleaded guilty and he explained that he got the ivory in the bush on his way back from fishing