The commissioner says strong laws and penalties have since been established to fight the illegal trade, where one is bound to pay 20billion, life imprisonment or both in relation to the 2019 wildlife act.
The Uganda wildlife
authority is holding joint cross border training for Uganda and DR Congo law
enforcement officers in Fort portal tourism city aimed at combating the illicit wildlife trafficking trade in the region.
Speaking to journalists
at Nyaika hotel in Fort portal, George Oweyesigiire the acting commissioner wildlife
conservation at the ministry of tourism wildlife and antiquities said illegal trafficking
of wildlife animals is one of the biggest threats affecting tourism in the
The commissioner says Uganda
registered a sizable number of illegal wildlife trade in 2010, 2011, and 2012
subsequently, where pangolins, ivory and other valuable rare species of
animals were illegally traded to outside countries.
Oweyesigiire says Illegal wildlife trade is highly complex and involves a lot of money, where the rich and
those with authority compel the poor to engage in the illicit trade on their
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“The reason we came together
in this training is that we couldn’t work independently that is why we have to
bring various partners on board especially the law enforcement agencies, URA
customs, UPDF and the Uganda police force in a joint effort against the illegal trade
of animals” with our neighbors in DR Congo to combat such acts," he added.
The commissioner says
strong laws and penalties have since been established to fight the illegal trade,
where one is bound to pay huge sums, get life imprisonment or both in relation to
the 2019 wildlife act.
According to George this
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Julian Sarah Ayesiga, the
Kabarole district RDC, says there is need to conduct thorough observation if the
trade is to be stumped, she says the traffickers are using milk cans to transport
their products to their next destinations among other tricks.
She also called upon law
enforcers to be patriotic for some have continued to sustain the trade through
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Moses Walinga, the International
fund for animal welfare programs manager is optimistic that the joint effort
of all security personnel against the illicit trade will combat animal trafficking.
Pontience Inzuma, the chief
warden Queen Elizabeth national park says the licit trade is costing the Globe
at least 15billion pounds whereas locally it costs Uganda 23 billion annually shillings
Inzuma says this is dangerous
for the country, which ventures into tourism as a major source of income, he believes
the training will facilitate strong partnership hence easing the work for
Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Inzuma says the acts are
so deadly because they often bring terrible diseases of wild animals to humans,
which at times are hard to treat citing on Murburg Ebola among others, hence
calling upon communities leaving along game parks, national forests and wildlife reserves to be instrumental in fighting
the illegal trade through partnering with Uganda wildlife authorities
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The cross border training
of Uganda/ DRC law enforcement officers is supported by the US state department
under the international welfare for animals, it is intended to prevent and combat
illegal wildlife trafficking on the south west borders of Bunagana and Mpondwe.
The value of illegal trade
of wildlife animals in Uganda is estimated between 7 million US dollars to 23
million dollars annually making wildlife crime one of the most lucrative illegal
businesses often run by sophisticated international and well organized criminal
networks seeking to exploit the high rewards and low risks of the trade.