The latest routine audit in the contents of the strong rooms within the Uganda Wildlife Authority – UWA has resulted in a mystery concerning lost ivory.
At the moment, Investigations are ongoing, and even though it can’t be eliminated that may be an accounting miscalculation might have resulted into this result, it appears more probable that this ivory was in fact stolen as has also been suggested by a number of senior officials in government, including the President of Uganda H.E Museveni and the Ambassador of America to Uganda, during his address the other day to the delegates during the Africa Travel Association summit.
To create way for these ongoing investigations, the Uganda Wildlife Authority – UWA has suspended no less than 5 officials, including the Chief Warden, officers in charge of security intelligence plus several others having direct access to those vaults.
Dr. Andrew Seguya the Executive Director of UWA in fact cut short his official trip overseas to return to Uganda and be available to the direct internal investigations on going at UWA offices whereas the Uganda police together with other security agencies are currently equally involved in the search for those who participated in this act and ensure that they return all the missing ivory. The most recently established special-regional desk by Interpol has as well been brought into this investigation to broaden the search for all the suspects as well as to track the ivory in case some or all of it surfaces somewhere.
For many holidaymakers that visit the country on a Uganda Safari Tour, elephants are among the finest attraction they see among the African Wild animals during days gone by Uganda has been considered as a country of increasing relevancy for transiting the blood ivory from various countries beyond Mombasa port, however poaching within the national parks in Uganda has been a bit lower in volume – frequently being for subsistence purpose (to feed on) – in comparison to other countries like Tanzania, in which a large number of elephants have been slaughtered resulting in the kill of thousands of elephant in the last couple of years. today, Poaching has, on the other hand, taken an increasing trend, and the Uganda Wildlife Authority has put in place several measures to raise the volume of intelligence officers that have been deployed within the field to get information from the local people living around the possible hotspots and then prevent the various poaching incidents and if possible bring those participating to justice.
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