Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) is conducting a round of public awareness campaign on the importance of protection of the environment on the human well being and development in a move to prevent environmental crimes as one of its mandate, Topafricanews reports.
In partnership with the Ministry of Environment and The Ministry of Local Government, Rwanda National Police with the support from the United Nation For Development Program UNDP, RIB is training Sector Executive Secretaries, Environment protection committees, Mining concessions unit authorities and representative of the National Police on the protection of environment.
Trainings started with the Districts of Burera, Musanze and Rubavu but the aim is to cover all districts according to Modeste Mbabazi, RIB spokesperson.
Commenting on why RIB is involved in the protection of environment, Mbabazi said that it is under its mandate to prevent, detect and investigate all crimes including environmental crimes.
He said “Public awareness and Training of stakeholders is part of Crime preventive and detection strategy for common understanding and cooperation on prevention and detection of crimes. RIB involvement in training and campaigns aiming at preventing and detecting crimes is within its legal mandate.”
Mbabazi added “We urge the training participants to work hand in hand with government institutions and other competent authorities in sensitizing the public to protect the environment and to denounce those tempering with rules and regulations regarding environmental protection.”
During the public meeting in Nyundo Sector, Rubavu District where there soil excavation sites may expose the lives on danger due to the poor mining techniques, RIB officials highlighted disasters such as erosions, floods and water pollution among the top consequences which should arise if the environment is not safeguarded.
Ange Irutingabo, the districts and community support officer at Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), said that there are a number of residents who lost their lives through landslides as the consequence of environment degradation.
She however promised that there is a plan to rehabilitate the places which have been dilapidated by human activities to ensure no one will lose the life again.
This awareness campaign will continue countrywide.