Three Held for Altering River Rwizi Boundaries

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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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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.