By APN Reporter
Police in Mbarara district is having in detention a total of three people after they tampered with river Rwizi boundaries.
The three who include Isaiah Tweheyo Kakuru (30) a resident of Kakoba ward Kokoba division,Janet Twinomugisha (31) a peasant also from Kakoba and Birari Ndolero ( 50) a driver from kamukuzi division were picked by police after they reportedly uprooted the demarcations put in place by the National Environmental management authority to act as boundaries between people’s gardens and the river.
The three and others still on the run are said to have removed the boundaries and also threatened to lynch environmental officers who were on duty with environmental police.
They face charges of Malicious damage,Removal of boundary marks, threatening violence and Obstruction of officers from carrying out their lawful duties.
According to Jeconious Musingwire, the Mbarara National Environmental Management authority –NEMA focal person says that 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.
Assistant superintendent of police Ivan MaKhone Khaukha who is in charge of the Environmental Police for Rwizi Region says that police is hunting for more people who are on the run.
He however declined to reveal their identities saying that this would jeopardize the investigations.
Rwizi regional police spokesperson Samson Kasasira told our reporter that the police is working closely with environmentalists to ensure that those behind the depletion of the environment face the law.