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Dealer in skin bleaching cosmetics arrested in Nyarugenge

By IGIHE
On 16 June 2021 at 05:33

On Monday, June 14, Rwanda National Police (RNP) arrested a man in Kimisagara Sector, Nyarugenge District where he was selling banned skin whitening creams commonly known as Mukologo.

He is identified as Gerard Nzamutuma, 41, and was found in possession of 162 pieces of assorted lotions including Skin Balance gel, Clinic Clear, Princess Clair, Epiderme Creme and Beauti.

Gerald Nzamutuma was showed to the media on Tuesday, June 15, at the RNP Headquarters Kacyiru, Gasabo District.

His arrest came two days after three other dealers in outlawed products were also arrested in Downtown with 491 pieces of assorted lotions.

Three others were arrested recently Kigali Sector, Nyarugenge District with 156 pieces of assorted skin whitening creams including Caro light, Eclair 600, Extra Clair, White Max and Beauty.

While parading Nzamutuma, RNP spokesperson warned that operations will continue targeting shops selling the banned skin bleaching cosmetics as well as individuals, who traffic them into the country.

Nzamutuma claimed that the cosmetics were left in his shop by a Congolese national whom he only identified as Bongo.

CP Kabera said that Police unearthed various tricks used by traffickers of the harmful lotions and commended the role of the public in reporting dealers.

Article 266 of the law determining offenses and penalties in general, states that any person, who produces, sells, or prescribes harmful products; cosmetics or body hygiene substance or any other products derived from plants, commits an offence.

Upon conviction, he/she is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than one year and not more than two years and a fine of not less than Rwf3 million and not more than Rwf5 million or one of these penalties.


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