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Three Held for Altering River Rwizi Boundaries

The three; Isaiah Tweheyo Kakuru, 30, and Janet Twinomugisha, 31, both residents of Kakoba ward, and Birari Ndolero, 50, a driver from Kamukuzi division, were arrested after uprooting demarcations erected by the National Environmental Management Authority-NEMA.
Police in Mbarara district is holding three people accused of tampering with the boundaries of River Rwizi.

The three; Isaiah Tweheyo Kakuru, 30,   and Janet Twinomugisha, 31, both residents of Kakoba ward, and Birari Ndolero, 50, a driver from Kamukuzi division, were arrested after uprooting demarcations erected by the National Environmental Management Authority-NEMA.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Ivan Makhone Khaukha says the trio and others still at large are said to have removed the boundaries and also threatened to lynch environmental police officers who were on duty. Makhone, however, declined to reveal identities of the persons on the run saying that this would jeopardize the investigations.

According to Jeconious Musingwire, the Mbarara National Environmental Management authority - NEMA focal person, the group did not only defy the directive to leave the protection zone but went ahead to damage the marks put in place by NEMA. 

They face charges of malicious damage, removal of boundary marks, threatening violence and obstruction of officers from carrying out lawful duties.

Rwizi regional police spokesperson Samson Kasasira told our reporter that the police are working closely with environmentalists to ensure that those behind the depletion of the environment face the law.

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