Response to illegal construction in wetlands

Editor, This is in response to the letter that featured in the Thursday’s issue of The New Times, April 21, entitled “KCC, REMA must move fast against illegal structures.” The writer raised a serious issue regarding illegal construction of structures in wetlands.
Strict on wetlands: REMA Director General, Rose Mukankomeje. (File Photo)
Strict on wetlands: REMA Director General, Rose Mukankomeje. (File Photo)

Editor,

This is in response to the letter that featured in the Thursday’s issue of The New Times, April 21, entitled “KCC, REMA must move fast against illegal structures.” The writer raised a serious issue regarding illegal construction of structures in wetlands.

The Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) took the writer seriously. We appreciate the partnership between the public and REMA that is steadily growing in line with public’s right to live in a safe and well managed environment.

However, following the publication of the letter, REMA inspectors made a thorough inspection of the Kabeza wetland and did not find any illegal construction going on.

There is, however, a nursery and primary school being constructed right above the wetland which was found to be located in a distance that conforms to the Environmental Law.

The school structure when viewed from the opposite side appears to be in the wetland which is surely not the case.

We still appreciate the author’s concern and hereby request them to kindly provide us any precise information that they might have on the email address below.

REMA management.
remainfo@gmail.com

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