Kanyanga, which is classified as ’simple narcotic drug’ in Rwanda was being carried by groups of traffickers, three of whom were taken into custody during the operations conducted in Rushaki and Cyumba sector.
The three suspects; Theophile Tuyisingize, Eric Hakuzimana, and Eugene Nsengimana were arrested in Rushaki Sector, Karuruma Cell in Izinga Village. The gin was packed in outlawed polythene bags and stashed in sacks.
Gicumbi District Police Commander, Superintendent of Police (SP) Jean Bosco Minani said that these were targeted operations conducted Tuesday night in response to credible information from local residents.
"Police received information that groups calling themselves abarembetsi used to traffic kanyanga from Uganda at night through different porous points in Ruskaki and Cyumba.
During the operations, Police arrested the three suspects in Rushaki shortly after they crossed into Rwanda with sacks containing 600 litres of kanyanga packed in polythene bags. Other 98 litres were seized from another group in Cyumba, which dropped them and run away," said SP Minani.
He added that although most of the members of these criminal rings have been arrested, these are continuous operations targeting anyone connected to these rackets.
He advised those engaged in these criminal groups to instead channel their energy in lawful businesses instead of wasting their lives in prison when they are arrested.
Under article 263 of the law determining offences and penalties in general in Rwanda, anyone convicted for dealing in "simple narcotic drugs" faces between seven and ten years in prison and a fine of between Rwf5 million and Rwf10 million.