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Nyagatare: Police intercepts over 21,000 pieces of polythene bags

By IGIHE
On 3 October 2021 at 06:36

Police in Nyagatare District have arrested two people with combined 21, 800 pieces of outlawed non-biodegradable plastic bags.

They were arrested in separate operations conducted on Thursday and Friday as they sneaked the polythene bags into Rwanda from the neighbouring Uganda.

The suspects are identified as Alphonse Munyaneza, 21, and Odette Nyiransengimana, 48.

Munyaneza was arrested in Isangano village, Rugari cell, Mimuri sector with 20,000 pieces of plastic bags.

Nyiransengimana was arrested in Kinunga village, Mishenyi cell, Rwempasha sector with 1,800 pieces.

The Eastern region Police spokesperson, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Hamduni Twizeyimana said that the suspects were arrested in partnership with other security organs.

"Nyiransengimana was the first to be arrested in Rwempasha sector with 1,800 pieces of polythene bags. She said that she got the plastic bags from a Ugandan national at Muyanja stream. For Munyaneza, he was arrested at the borderline trying to sneak the polythene bags into Rwanda from Uganda," said CIP Twizeyimana.

He warned against trafficking and selling plastic bags as well as using them for packaging.

The suspects 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. 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.


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