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Museveni Advisor Jailed over Hippo Teeth, Tortoise

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Court in Uganda has charged Yekoyada Nuwagaba, president Yoweri Museveni’s senior political advisor, with unlawfully possessing hippopotamus teeth, a live tortoise and tortoise scales.

Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate James Ereemye Mawanda remanded Yekoyada Nuwagaba to Luzira Prison until next Tuesday.

Nuwagaba denied the charges slapped against him.


Prosecution alleges that Nuwagaba, 61, connived with two businessmen, Bright Katuna and Fred Rwakaseeta, to smuggle  hippopotamus teeth, a live tortoise and tortoise scales.

Police is yet to arrest Katuna and Rwakaseeta.

Uganda Wild Life Authority prosecutor Winnie Namayanja alleges that Nuwagaba was, in February, found in unlawful possession of protected species.

Namayanja specified the species as:

  • 192 kilogrammes of Hippo teeth
  • a tortoise all valued at Shs 8,320,000

Prosecution further alleges that Nuwagaba committed the crimes at  Wakiso district’s  Kawuku, and at his Kisugu home in the capital Kampala.


Magistrate Mawanda denied Nuwagaba bail.

Mawanda ruled that Nuwagaba had failed to provide people who qualified as sureties.

The magistrate disqualified the sureties Nuwagaba provided, his daughter Grace Atuhaire and  Patrick Bainomugisha, for having previously failed to compel the accused to honour his police bond since February.



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