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Two men found with Hippo, Warthog teeth convicted

Buganda Road Court has convicted two men in Kampala who were recently arrested with protected animal species.

Chief Magistate James Eremye convicted Daniel Gumwa and Calvin Mwanje both residents of Kampala, on their  own plea of guilt, and ordered Gumwa to serve six months in Luzira prison while Mwanje should  pay a fine of sh1.5 million.

The two admitted they were found in possession of 15.6kg of hippo and warthog  teeth at Arua Park and at  Mwanje’s  home in Nsambya which they were going to sell each at sh10,000.

They committed this offence between August last year and January this year.

While sentencing them magistrate Eremye noted that much as both of them pleaded guilty, Gumwa deserved a custodial sentence because he was the one who acquired them and gave to Mwanje to sell, hence their arrest.

The magistrate also ruled that if Mwanje fails to pay the fine he should serve three months in Luzira prison; and that the exhibited teeth be handed over to Uganda Wildlife Authority.

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