Police in Nyaruguru District is holding a man in connection with smuggling over 30, 000 pieces of plastic bags into the country.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Andre Hakizimana, police spokesperson for the Northern Province, said that the suspect, Jean Marie Vianney Nyirimpuhwe currently detained in Kibeho police station, was arrested in a police operation in the wee hours of March 17.
“An operation was based on information we had received on the suspect, who was arrested red-handed in Munini Sector. Investigations have since established that the suspect has been dealing in this illegal business,” CIP Hakizimana said.
Last month, police also seized about 20, 000 pieces of plastic bags in the same area, and arrested 17 people in connection with the act.
Use of plastic bags was prohibited in 2008. From then, several mechanisms including legal provisions against use of plastic bags have been adopted.
According to article 433 of the Penal Code, “any person who sells polythene without authorisation shall be liable to a fine of Rwf10, 000 to Rwf300, 000.
Using polythene bags also attract a fine of up to Rwf100, 000, but in case the person repeats the offence, the penalty is doubled.