By Watchdog reporter
Grade One Magistrate at City Hall on Friday sentenced four ivory convicts to a two-year jail term after they were convicted of smuggling 13.5kg of ivory tusks worth Shs54 million.
Resident Magistrate His Worship, Moses Nabende sentenced the four convicts who included; Ali Wausa alias Hisijere, 47, Dickson Kweitesa, 39, Chris Tumukunde, 37 and Charles Kakooza to a jail term of 28 months, however, he said, “The convicts also have chance to pay the fine of Shs54million in fraction.”
The ruling came after prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt that the four committed an offence.
The prosecution that was led by Ms Winnie Namayenje from Natural Resource Conservation Network (NRCN) told court that Ali Wausa, a resident of Garuga along Entebbe Road together with three other convicts that included; Dickson Kweitesa a self employed resident of Garuga Entebbe Road, Tumukunde a local businessman and a resident of Zaana Zone and Kakooza a juvenile of 17 years unemployed and a resident of Central Zone in Bunamwaya all from Wakiso accepted in the transfer of wildlife specimen, illegal possession of wildlife trophies of 13.5 kilogrammes of ivory tusks and conspiracy to commit a felony.
The convicts were arrested in June 14, 2015 at Noble View Hotel in Ntinda.
The Magistrate, while in his ruling said, “Accepting in the transfer of wildlife body parts is contrary to Section 30 and 75 (b) of the Uganda Wildlife Act of 200 laws of Uganda.” The ivory tusks were carried from Ntungamo to Kampala packed in two polythene bags allegedly belonging to a Kampala businessman, one Ssebaggala.
Wausa also doubles as a teacher of Malongo Secondary School in Mayuge district who is on government’s payroll.