Third major seizure connected to Uganda in a week.
Uganda has seized two tonnes (4,600lb) of elephant ivory, bringing to six tonnes the amount of ivory confiscated and linked to the east African country in just over a week.
En-route to Mombasa
Reports say the ivory was intercepted by Uganda officials en route to Mombasa in Kenya, a main departure port for illegal ivory bound for Asia. The seizure occurs just a week after Kenya authorities intercepted two consignments of two tonnes of ivory at Mombasa Port. Both were packed into containers sent from Uganda.
832 pieces of ivory
The 832 pieces of ivory whose origin is yet to be established were intercepted by officials of the Uganda Revenue Authority Law enforcement section in a consignment at a warehouse along Kampala-Jinja highway. It had been concealed in gunny bags covered with plastic waste when it was detected, according to Uganda’s Deputy Director Conservation, Mr. Charles Tumwesigye.
This is the biggest ivory confiscation of ivory Uganda has made over the last ten years. The owner of the cargo has been given as Mr. Odhiambo Owino, a Kenyan National who hired the truck to transport the cargo to Mombasa disguised as coffee, fish maws, cotton and plastic waste.
The truck driver and turn man have been arrested to help with investigations to establish the people involved and possibly the source of the illegal ivory.
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