Monday, May 23, 2011

Another Chinese national nabbed for ivory smuggling

Kampala - UGANDA Wildlife Authority (UWA) on Thursday intercepted a Chinese national with 34 pieces of ivory weighing 1kg at Entebbe International Airport.

According to Josephine Alupo, an officer in charge of criminal investigations at the Civil Aviation Authority, Engineer Wu Linfei, 38, was intercepted as he tried to check in on a flight to China.

Alupo said the airport security personnel found the ivory in Linfei's luggage. "We noticed a substance that looked like ivory in his luggage, which made us very curious," said Alupo.

The ivory, which had been treated, consisted of chopsticks, house decorations and bungles worth sh100m.

Lunfei said the ivory was a present from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he has been living for two years.

"We also arrested John Onyango of aviation security, who was trying to receive a bribe of $150 (about sh357,750) in order to allow the Chinese man go with the ivory," Alupo said.

UWA public relations officer Lillian Nsubuga explained that poachers had slaughtered elephants for ivory. "Eight elephants have so far been killed," she said.

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