Senior Security Officer from Uganda has been arrested in possession of three pieces of animal trophies worth Kshs 3 million street value.
Kennedy Wabwire, a lieutenant working in the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UBDF) in Uganda was arrested on Friday at around 2.00 pm through a tip off from members of the public.
According to the Busia DCIO Benard Wamalwa, they got information that some Ugandan Nationals were on a mission to traffic ivory into Kenya with the aim of selling.
“Police officers liaised with the informer and lured the suspects that the buyer was waiting for the items at one of the Mosques in Busia town,” he said.
“The suspects arrived in two motorbikes and we managed to arrest one as the other one fled.”
Wamalwa says that efforts are underway to arrest the other culprits who escaped on another motorcycle with a sack of ivory.
According to him, the suspect disclosed that they used the Mariachi route to access the Mosque.
He urged local residents to report suspected people dealing in the any illegal activity, adding trade in ivory was affecting both Kenya and Uganda negatively through loss of revenue that could be gotten from tourism.
Further, he said that the boda boda rider who was carrying the suspects has also been arrested and has recorded statements with the police as a witness.
The suspect has been taken to court and will be charged with being in possession of wildlife trophies contrary to Section 95 of the Wildlife Conservation Management Act of 2013.
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