At least 148 bottles of Carolight, 72 pieces of Clairemen and 48 pieces of Miss Caroline, all banned lotion in Rwanda, have been seized in Nyabihu District as they were being trafficked into the country.
The bleaching ointments were intercepted on September 1 in Nyirakigugu Cell of Jenda Sector.
Others intercepted include 44 pieces of Carolight glycerin, also a bleaching agent banned in Rwanda and 50 bottles of Vodka.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Théobard Kanamugire, Police spokesperson for the Western Province said some other smuggled goods were intercepted in Rambura Sector, also in Nyabihu.
“All the seized products have been handed over to the Revenue Protection Unit in Rubavu while suspects are also in custody as investigations continue,” he said.
“This is why we say that smuggling is harmful; these cosmetics were banned in Rwanda largely because of the quality and chemicals and smuggling brings in deadly consumables of products,” IP Kanamugire added.
“It involves putting the government in losses in lost revenues, affecting the local markets due to subsidized prices of smuggled goods and exposes the public to harm due to the quality and standard of some smuggled merchandise.”
He appealed to the general public to strengthen their spirit of partnership, and called upon those residing near borderlines, to always inform police whenever they see people using illegal borders to smuggle goods.
Article 371 of the penal code states that any person who commits any act of non-payment of required tax shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of six months to two years