Uganda: Presidential Aide Cited in Scam
March 11, 2007
THE case in which an illegal consignment of 250 endangered tortoises was seized in Nairobi has taken a new twist, with the Uganda Wildlife Authority claiming that two of the suspects implicated in the scam have not been prosecuted.
Moses Mapesa, the executive director of the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), named the suspects as Yekoyadah Nuwagaba, a presidential adviser and Smith Ewa Maku, a Kampala businessman.
Mapesa said the suspects were implicated after a cache of tortoises to Thailand was intercepted in August at the Kenyatta International airport in Nairobi by Interpol.
He said the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) preferred criminal charges on Charles Kasamba, who was arrested with the tortoises, but did not advise the authority on whether to undertake further investigations on Nuwagaba and Maku.
CITES regulates trade in wildlife and restricts trade in endangered species like leopard tortoises.
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