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Environmental Activist in Rwampara Killed

Samson Kasasira Rwizi, the Rwizi Region Police Spokesperson says that Bitakamanyirwe was attacked inside his house and stabbed several times in the neck.
Samson Kasasira Rwizi Region Police Spokesperson
An environmental activist in Rwampara District has been killed.  Alozious Bitakamanyirwe 68, a resident of Buterere cell in Ibingo Town Council was killed by unknown people on Thursday night.

Samson Kasasira Rwizi, the Rwizi Region Police Spokesperson says that Bitakamanyirwe was attacked inside his house and stabbed several times.

Bitakamanyirwe was the Chairperson of the Rwampara Wetlands Eviction Committee that was set up to evict encroachers on wetlands and restore wetlands in Rwampara district.

The committee was established by the National Environment Management Authority-NEMA and supported by the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE)

According to Kasasira, two people have been arrested in connection with the murder. He however refused to disclose the identities of the suspects.

Kasasira says at the time of his death, Bitakamanyirwe and his committee were finalizing plans to evict wetland encroachers in Rweibogo-Kibingo Town Council.

Josephat Bankunda, a resident says the decisions of the committee caused anger among some encroachers who attacked homes of those that were advocating for the eviction.

Recently Joconious Musingwire, the National Environment Management Authority-NEMA regional manager in south-western Uganda says that Rweibogo - Kibingo Town Council has lost 150 hectares of the Ihoho wetland to encroachers.

Geoffrey Rukyamuzi, an environmental advocate with Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), says Bitakamanyirwe was a dedicated environmentalist who pushed for the restoration of wetlands. 

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