Rwampara Environmental Activist murdered

By APN Reporter

An environmental activist in Rwampara District has been killed.  Alozious Bitakamanyirwe 68, a resident of Buterere cell in KIbingo Town Council was killed by unknown people on Thursday night.

Samson Kasasira Rwizi, the Rwizi Region Police Spokesperson says that Bitakamanyirwe was attacked inside his house and stabbed several times.

Bitakamanyirwe was the Chairperson of the Rwampara Wetlands Eviction Committee that was set up to evict encroachers on wetlands and restore wetlands in Rwampara district.

The committee was established by the National Environment Management Authority-NEMA and supported by the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE)

According to Kasasira, two people have been arrested in connection with the murder. He however refused to disclose the identities of the suspects.

Kasasira says at the time of his death, Bitakamanyirwe and his committee were finalizing plans to evict wetland encroachers in Rweibogo-Kibingo Town Council.

Josephat Bankunda, a resident says the decisions of the committee caused anger among some encroachers who attacked homes of those that were advocating for the eviction.