Twenty Arrested for Encroaching on Buhweju Wetlands

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In short
Emmy Katera, the Buhweju Resident District Commissioner, says the top district leadership is working with the environment department and police to arrest adamant people, who have continued to deplete wetlands in disregard of several warnings.

Buhweju police are holding twenty people accused of encroaching on wetlands. The suspects are accused of depleting of Kyanjogeyera-Nyakishojwa Mashaha, Katara and Kyesika wetlands.

 
The affected wetlands are catchment areas for River Rwizi, which is the life line for millions of people. Ben Nuwamanya, the Buhweju District Police Commander, says they picked up the suspects on the directives from the offices of the District Environment Officer and Resident District Commissioner.
 
   
Emmy Katera, the Buhweju Resident District Commissioner, says the top district leadership is working with the environment department and police to arrest adamant people, who have continued to deplete wetlands in disregard of several warnings. 
 
 
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Katera says they will also uproot all the crops planted in the wetlands to allow them regenerate. Our reporter was unable to establish the identities of the suspects by the time of filing this story.
 

 

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