Daily Monitor (Uganda)
Foreigners sent for trial over ivory
KAMPALA- Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court has committed three foreigners to High Court for trial on charges of unlawful possession of elephant tusks worth Shs9 billion.
The suspects are: Mr Kromah Moazu, a Liberian national, Mr Kourouma Bangaly and Mr Mohammed Kourouma both Guinean nationals.
Prosecution contends that on February 17, 2017 at Najjanankumbi in Rubaga Division, Kampala, the accused were found in possession of 437 pieces of ivory weighing 1.303.76kg valued at Shs 9.3bn, which are restricted goods under the Uganda Wild Life Act and an offence under the East African Community Management Act of 2004.
The charge sheet indicates that the ivory in question was brought from Burundi without a valid import permit through a conspiracy between the accused persons.
The presiding magistrate Ms Gladys Kamasanyu committed the accused to the High Court following the submission by the state prosecutor Mr Jonathan Muwaganya that investigations into the case had been completed.
Mr Muwaganya told court that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had issued clear instructions for the suspects to be committed to the High Court for trial.
It further states: “In February 2017, police got intelligence information that Mr Bangaly had sneaked back into the country and together with others was coordinating a racket of ivory and Rhino traffickers in Uganda. On February 17, 2017 police working with officers from the Natural Resources Conservation Network, an NGO collaboration with Uganda Wildlife Authority in fighting wildlife crime, got information that Mr Bangaly was at Garden City Shopping Mall.”
The exhibits include pieces of ivory and a cutting machine.