Four apprehended over cutting trees in Nyungwe National Park

By IGIHE
On 24 June 2019 at 11:03

Four people have been arrested for allegedly destroying Nyungwe National Park where they were cutting trees.

The four suspects arrested during a security operation conducted on Saturday are identified as Emmanuel Ziruguru, 54, Anastase Ntamuhanga, 66, Samuel Ruhumbankaka, 50, and Vincent Harindintwari, 41.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Karekezi, the Police spokesperson for the Southern region, said that all the suspects are residents of Nyaruguru District, Ruheru Sector, Umusebeya Cell, Mubuga Village.

Mubuga Village in Ruheru Sector borders Nyungwe National Park.

According to CIP Karekezi the suspects were handed over to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) station at Busanze.

"On June 22, a security patrol in Ruheru along Nyungwe National Park intercepted the four people carrying bundles of bamboo trees, which they had cut in the park," he said.

CIP Karekezi said that there was information about groups of people who sneak into the National Park especially at night to cut bamboo trees.

"There are some individuals who made it a business to cut bamboo trees in Nyungwe for sell and others for construction," the spokesperson said.

He warned residents against destroying the national park adding that "operations are continuous to arrest anyone engaged in environmental degradation acts."


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