Local Leaders Face Prosecution Over Illegal Constructions 

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By William Buningwire

Local leaders in Kamonyi district, Southern Province will face prosecution for alleged illegal construction of houses during the recently concluded Presidential campaigns.

Authorities in the district discovered more than 350 houses were illegally constructed – 50 of them belonging to local leaders. Kamonyi district authorities have kicked off the exercise to demolish the structures.

Officials in the local government Ministry told Rwanda Eye that the issue of illegal construction of houses is spreading across the country and punitive measures should be applied against the culprits.

“Kamonyi is just part of the country where the issue has raised public attention. But this issue is everywhere in the country,” said Ladislas Ngendahimana, Communications Specialist at the ministry.

Emanuel Bahizi, Executive Secretary of Kamonyi district said the demolition stated with the houses of leaders. “This will serve as an example to all residents attempting to put up houses illegally,” he said.

Most houses owned by local leaders are located in Runda sector, Bahizi said.

According to Bahizi, the law will immediately take its course. “We are going to follow this issue of leaders who built these houses in the manner that is controversial to the law and if found guilty they will be punished as by the law.”

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