Quantities of alcoholic drinks in various brands were seized on April 24 in Huye District, which had been smuggled into the country from the neighbouring Burundi.
The drinks, which include Amstel beer, were recovered in Upendi bar in Ngoma Sector during a targeted operation conducted by the District Police Unit of Huye and the Revenue Protection Unit.
The Police spokesperson for the Southern Province, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Andre Hakizimana said that the successful operation followed information from a resident, who was well versed with the illegal dealings of the bar owner.
“Investigations are still underway to review other previous dealings this same bar should have been involved into. This is part of the ongoing operations and awareness against any illegal business and smuggling in particular,” said CIP Hakizimana.
While thanking the residents for their continued partnership in crime prevention and human security activities in particular, the spokesperson also appealed to them to also fight smuggling and fraud so as to protect their country’s economy and the likely harm they are likely to cause because smuggling can also bring into market substandard and hazardous products,” he added.
Article 369 of the Penal Code states that a taxpayer guilty of tax evasion shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of between three to six months and a fine equal to the evaded tax
Under the East African Community Management Act, which as Rwanda uses, especially in its article 199, seized smuggled are also auctioned and in case they were being smuggled in a vehicle, it is also auctioned and the driver slapped a fine of US$5000.
The Revenue Protection Unit, a Rwanda National Police (RNP) arm attached to Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA), is at the helm of fighting fraud and smuggling across the country.