National
Police to defy court ruling on impounded ivory
Publish Date: Mar 03, 2014
Police to defy court ruling on impounded ivory
Wildlife officials with impounded ivory
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Jeff Andrew Lule

Police plan to block the return of a consignment of seized ivory to a dealer as instructed by Justice Wilson Masalu Musene.
 

On Friday, the director of Interpol Uganda, Asan Kasingye said despite the court’s ruling, they will not allow to release the ivory easily in respect of Uganda’s commitment towards the conservation of the endangered species within the East African Customs and international convention.
 

Uganda Revenue Authority impounded 836 pieces of ivory in October last year, weighing approximately 3000kgs. The ivory was concealed in a container belonging to Ken Freight Forwarders in Bweyogerere, Wakiso district at the time of seizure.

Kasingye said though the owner Emille Kayumba Ogane, a Congolese national, claims to have imported the ivory from Congo through Bunagana border post lawfully, they need him to come and clearly explain how and where he got the ivory.
 

“It is very unfair to make such a ruling because someone claimed to have got the ivory from elsewhere. The world was very surprised with the ruling and all eyes are watching us. Can you imagine over 400 elephants were killed to get this ivory,” Kasingye said.
 

Kasingye stressed that the trade in ivory contravenes with the East African Customs Management Act 2004 and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species that puts stringent conditions on dealing in such endangered species.
 

“We think this case needed more time to work with all stakeholders before coming to a conclusion,” he noted.
 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Lukwago, Clarke not fit for Lord Mayor - Seya
Former Kampala Mayor, Hajji Nasser Ntege Ssebaggala has scoffed at Makindye Division Mayor, Dr. Ian Clarke and embattled Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago for vying the office of the Lord Mayor without potential to manage the office....
Another Muslim cleric gunned down in Mbale
A prominent Muslim cleric has been shot dead by assailants in Nakalole Town, Mbale....
First group of pilgrims arrives at Namugongo
With the annual Uganda Martyrs’ celebrations just under two weeks away, the first group of pilgrims from Bushenyi district has arrived....
African leaders root for emphasis on ICT
African leaders warn that the continent’s plans to rapidly transform into first world may not be realized without focus on (ICT), skills development and innovation....
Western region tops in lifesaving drugs - report
A new report shows that the western region has the highest and best coverage of the essential medicines in Uganda....
Court grants former NFA boss bail
COURT of Appeal Judge, Augustine Nshimye has granted the former National Forestry Authority Executive Director, Damian Akankwasa bail pending the hearing of his second appeal...
Should politicians be banned from addressing religious gatherings?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter