In the latest operation conducted on Wednesday August 18, in Burera District, Police arrested two people with 27 cartons of plastic bags, which they had sneaked into Rwanda from the neighbouring Uganda, through porous border points.
They are Sandrine Ikitegetse, 25, who had 25 cartons of the non-biodegradable plastic bags and Pacifique Mutabazi, 35, who had two cartons.
The District Police Commander for Burera, Superintendent of Police (SP) Aphrodis Nkundineza said that the suspects were reported by residents.
“At about 7pm, someone called the Police reporting a woman with polythene bags, who had boarded a bus in Cyanika heading to Musanze District
A Police checkpoint was mounted in Kidaho trading centre where the bus was stopped and Ikitegetse arrested with 25 cartons of polythene bags," SP Nkundineza said.
Ikitegetse had wrapped some cartons of plastic bags around her waist with others concealed in her luggage.
The second suspect Mutabazi, the DPC said, was arrested at about 8pm in Miyove Village, Nyamicucu Cell, Butaro Sector as he crossed into Rwanda from Uganda, with two cartons.
SP Nkundineza commended the residents, who shared information that led to the arrest of the two dealers in plastic bags.
He warned that the plastic products are harmful to the environment.
Ikitegetse and Mutabazi were handed over to RIB for further legal process.
Manufacturing, use, importation or sale of plastic carry bags and single-use plastic items are prohibited under article 3 of law N° 17/2019 of 10/08/2019 relating to the prohibition of manufacturing, importation, use, and sale of plastic carry bags and single-use plastic items in Rwanda.
In article 10, any person, who imports plastic carry bags and single-use plastic items is liable to the dispossession of those plastic carry bags and such items, and to an administrative fine equivalent to ten times the value of those plastic carry bags and single-use plastic items.
In article 11, a wholesaler of plastic carry bags and single use plastic items is liable to an administrative fine of Rwf700, 000 and dispossession of those plastic carry bags and such items.
In article 12, a retailer of plastic carry bags and single-use plastic items is liable to an administrative fine of Rwf300, 000 and dispossession of those plastic carry bags.