Two Nabbed With Elephant Tusks Worth UGX9.6m
Police in Kasese District on Friday arrested two people for being in possession of 24 kilogrammes of Ivory worth Shs9, 600,000 million.
The suspects were arrested by the police flying squad in an operation against poachers and ivory smugglers.
According to police in the area, since this year begun they have handled four cases related to illegal possession of ivory.
Area Police say such cases are on high increase due to the proximity of Kasese district to Queen Elizabeth national park, and also DR Congo which they suspect dealers in Uganda collaborate with colleagues in Congo to do this business.
Meanwhile, three other suspects are reported to be on the run, and police is stilling hunting for them as they prepare charge sheets against the ones already in custody.
However, according to an insider at Kasese Police station, during interrogation, the two suspects revealed that they deal with big people who ship this ivory to outside countries on a big pay.
Our reliable source adds that one of these suspects is a very close business associate to Businessman, Zzinga D. Ishaque who is on the run since 2012 when police put him on wanted list over gay related cases.
Since then, no report concerning his whereabouts has ever been heard.