Crude gin distiller arrested in Huye

On 25 March 2021 at 06:31

Police in Huye District, on Tuesday, March 23, arrested a man, who was producing Kanyanga, an crude gin banned in Rwanda.

Reonald Habinshuti, 45, was arrested red-handed producing the illicit brew at his home located in Karuhaya Village, Sovu Cell in Huye Sector.

He was arrested alongside five other people, who were found at his house drinking kanyanga.

The Police spokesperson for the Southern region, Superintendent of Police (SP)Theobald Kanamugire said Habinshuti, who is currently detained at Huye Police station, was arrested on a tip-off from local residents.

"Residents reported that Habinshuti was distilling kanyanga from his home and mainly supplying local bars. In the previous operations, he managed to flee with the help of the locals, who would tip him off on seeing the Police," SP Kanamugire said.

This time, he said, Police responded immediately to a call from a resident and Habishuti was arrested red-handed producing kanyanga. He had already distilled 30 litres, which were impounded alongside other containers and raw materials he was using to distill the illicit gin as well five customers found there drinking," he added.

He thanked the residents, who reported the criminal practice, for the community policing spirit and called for continued information sharing on dealers and producers of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

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.