By Paul Tentena
KAMPALA, Uganda - Uganda is working out strategies to reduce the transiting of illegal wildlife products through the country.
Uganda was recently singled out as a top transit route. The Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (CIID) of the Uganda Police Force and the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) will quicken investigations of crimes related to illegal trade in wildlife.
They will also strengthen the capacity of people working on scanners at Entebbe International Airport, different weighbridges and border posts; strengthen the capacity of the DNA laboratory in Wandegeya Another strategy will be to work with local communities surrounding parks through sensitization and recruitment of wildlife vigilantes to curb poaching.
According to John Makombo, the Director for Conservation at the Uganda Wildlife Authority, Uganda is not tough enough in as far as curbing the illegal trade in wildlife is concerned.