Separate Police operations in Rwamagana and Kayonza districts seized illegal substance include 22 barrels of Muriture, a locally brewed illicit substance said to be containing hazardous alcoholic contents.
The substances were at the time being transported in a Pickup with plate number RAA 116B, which was also impounded. The barrels contained 44,000 litres of muriture.
Police also seized 68 litres of Kanyanga, a banned gin, and 70kg of substances used to distil illicit substances.
The substances were poured over the weekend in a public exercise that was also witnessed by the prosecution and local leaders.
According to the Eastern region Police Spokesperson, Inspector of Police (IP) Emmanuel Kayigi, seven people were arrest in the two operations and are currently held at respective police stations.
“Whenever we seize illegal alcoholic substances or anything that is not licensed to be consumed, we arrest the producers; take samples of the substances to a laboratory for testing. If the results come out with 0.5 methanol and above, then that is considered a drug. We immediately process a case file and transfer it to the prosecution,” said IP Kayigi.
He noted that consumption of such illicit substances has links with other crimes as they also affect the behavior of consumers.
“When one indulges in consumption of such substances, they do not get time to work to take care of their families, which fuels conflicts, leads to poverty and in turn, becomes a security issue; this is one of many reasons the public should be active in fighting them.”
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.