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NEMA Arrests 7 Foreigners for Illegal Sand Mining in Lwera

A group of Chinese Nationals who were arrested by NEMA in the operations against sand Mining in Lwera

In a bold move to protect Uganda’s fragile ecosystems, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has launched a sting operation against illegal sand miners in Lwera Wetland, arresting seven foreign nationals and impounding 13 trucks and four excavators.

The operation, which began on the night of July 9, targeted illegal sand mining activities along the Kampala-Masaka Road in Kalungu District. The suspects, who were apprehended during the raid, are accused of degrading the wetland, a crime punishable by a fine of up to UGX 600 million or imprisonment for up to 12 years, or both.

According to NEMA officials, the operation is part of a larger effort to liberate Uganda’s wetlands and other fragile ecosystems from environmental degradation. In April, NEMA halted all illegal sand mining activities in Lwera and ordered the miners to restore the degraded areas.

The restoration exercise is ongoing, and the latest operation is seen as a significant step towards protecting Uganda’s environment and natural resources. NEMA has vowed to continue the crackdown on illegal sand mining, and the public is urged to report any illegal activities to the authorities.

The seven foreign nationals are currently in custody as investigations are ongoing. The move has been praised by environmentalists and local residents, who have long called for action against the illegal sand miners.

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