Uganda Wildlife Authority-Special Wildlife Crime Unit on 17th, September, 2021 arrested Asaba Ramathan, a 36-year-old and recovered two (02) huge tusks of elephant under his possession following an intelligence lead operation in areas in Bulisa district. The two long tusks weighed 82.5Kgs each weighing at 40.2 and 42Kgs respectively. Asaba a resident of Kisomere village, Nile parish, Gwedo sub county of Buliisa District is under police custody and will be prosecuted in courts of law. When interrogated by the investigation team, the suspect and was able to reveal the criminal racket involved in the illegal trafficking of the wildlife products in the area. Our team is on a man hunt for the remaining members of the racket who have since gone on the run.
The operation that was conducted jointly by UWA and Uganda Police after trailing suspects following intelligence leads. The team has credible evidence that this racket has been involved in poaching and illegal ivory trafficking between Buliisa, district and across the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Deputy Director Field Operations Charles Tumwesigye applauded the efforts of the team for coordinating intelligence and successfully apprehending the suspects. He noted that as a result of the operation, positive identification of members of the syndicate has been done with critical areas that require specific attention mapped out for further investigation and enforcement. The operation successfully revealed potential trafficking routes and areas prone to high level of poaching noted. The perpetrators mostly do cross-border trafficking of wildlife products from DRC to Uganda through Buliisa district.