Tuesday February 2 2016

Old woman remanded over leopard skin

By Juliet Kigongo

Kampala- A 63-year- old woman was yesterday remanded to Luzira prison for allegedly being in possession of a leopard skin.

The Grade One Magistrate at City Hall Magistrate’s Court, Mr Moses Nabende, remanded Ms Celestine Bwanakwe, a Rwandan peasant and resident of Bugarauma village, Gatsibo Sub-county in Rwanda.

She was charged with unlawful possession of protected species, contrary to Sec 30 & 75(b) of the Wildlife Act together with her accomplice Mr Olivier Aguma, a technician. Both are from the same area.

However, they denied the charges.Prosecution alleges that Ms Bwanakwe on January 23 at Mackies Restaurant in Kamwokya, a Kampala suburb, was found in possession of a leopard skin worth Shs17m without a licence. They were remanded until February 12.

In the same court a 25-year- old Peter Matsiko, a resident of Nakawa Division, was remanded for allegedly having in possession papers for forgery.