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NEMA Arrests Seven Chinese While Illegally Mining Sand from Lwera Wetland

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Seven foreign nationals have been arrested by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) during an operation mounted against illegal sand miners in Lwera wetland.

The operation was conducted in Lwera wetland located in Kalungu started in the night along Kampala-Masaka Road.

According to a press statement released by NEMA, they also impounded 13 sinotruk lorries and four excavators, among other equipment.

In April this year, NEMA halted all illegal sand mining activities in Lwera during an earlier operation in which the said miners were tasked to restore the part of the wetland they had degraded.

The restoration exercise, aimed at liberating Uganda’s wetlands and other fragile ecosystems, is part of the series of operations the Authority is currently carrying out across the country.

Investigations into the matter are being concluded and the suspects will be charged in accordance with the law.

Wetland degradation is a crime under Section 55 of the National Environment Act, Cap 181, and is punishable with a fine not exceeding UGX 600 million or imprisonment not exceeding 12 years or both.

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