Kampala - February 06, 2019.
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has taken up the prosecution of two Vietnamese nationals who were arrested by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) customs officials in possession of elephant ivory and pangolin scales.
UWA has embarked on a 10 day technical training for 209 Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) front desk Customs Officials in operational areas of Malaba, Busia and Entebbe Airport. The customs officials are being trained on necessary skills to identify wild fauna and genuine wildlife permits, understanding operational procedures for activities to curb illegal trade and develop an effective system of case referrals.
Uganda Revenue Authority has today handed over 176 pieces of Ivory weighing 162 kilograms, 189 pieces of Warthog and Hippo teeth weighing 38 kilograms, 19 Monitor Lizard skin weighing three kilograms and three animal bones totaling three kilograms.
Recovered in separate incidents, the items were yesterday handed over to Uganda wildlife Authority (UWA) personnel at the URA head office in Nakawa, Kampala.