The Rwanda National Police has called upon the public to report anyone suspected of taking part in activities that harm the environment.
Police says more than twenty one hectares of forests have been burnt in different parts of the country. Six hectares of forest were burnt in Rusizi district, twelve in Ngoma and three in Gasabo district.
The government has heavily invested in forestation programs across the country. The move is meant to protect the environment and reclaim degraded forests. The tree planting program is also meant to address prolonged drought and soil erosion in the country.
The Rwanda National Police itself has planted trees on more than 300 hectares of land.
Police warns perpetrators will be heavily punished. Article 416 of the penal code says any person who illegally burns a forest, cuts trees or who causes others to do so or kills animals in classified forests, protected areas and national parks, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of six months to two years and a fine of Rwf 300,000 to Rwf 2 million or one of these penalties.