Police in Huye District arrested one Alphonsine Uwimana after she was allegedly found distilling illicit substance locally known as muriture.
At the time of her arrest on April 11, Uwimana was found with over 300 liters of muriture.
She is currently held at Ngoma police station as police process her case that would be forwarded to the prosecution.
According to Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Andre Hakizimana, the Southern Region Police Spokesperson, Uwimana was arrested red-handed as she brewed the substance in the backyard of her home.
He added that information on Uwimana’s criminal business was revealed by residents, who “understand the negative impact of such substances.”
“Such drinks adversely affect the health of consumers and influence their illegal actions; they are produced without proper hygiene and contains alcoholic content that are harmful to human health,” CIP Hakizimana said.
Such substances that have no defined alcohol volume content as prescribed by the law are listed as illegal and dangerous under the ministerial order nº20/35 of 09/06/2015 determining unauthorized drinks and other controlled substances classified as narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors.
In a related development, on the same day a police operation in Nyagatare District also seized dozens of zebra waragi - a prohibited gin - at the home of a man only identified as Makundi
A similar operation in Rwamagana district on April 12 also yielded to the seizure of 110 pellets of cannabis from the home of one Joseph Rebero.
CIP Hakizimana observed that most crimes like assault, gender based violence and child abuse have always been attributed to excessive consumption of alcohol and drug abuse.
Article 594 of the penal code stipulates in its second paragraph that, any person who, unlawfully, makes, transforms, imports, or sells narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances within the country, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of up to five year years and a fine of up to Rwf5 million.