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The Chinese nationals allegedly involved in the smuggling of ivory from Uganda are not diplomats, the Uganda Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.

According to a statement by the foreign affairs Permanent Secretary Patrick Mugoya indicates that the two Chinese, Li Wejin and a one Yinhzi, allegedly involved in smuggling ivory in connivance with some officials of the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), were not diplomats accredited to the Chinese Embassy in Uganda.

‘The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform to all whom it may concern that following a thorough review of its records, it has confirmed that both Mr. Li Wejin and Yinhzi are not accredited diplomats with the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China in Uganda,’ the June 12 statement reads in part.

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The alleged smuggling of ivory attracted the attention of President Yoweri Museveni, who directed the Inspector General of Government to investigate the allegations.