Nyarugenge: Police intercept taxi moto operator transporting outlawed skin bleaching products

On 25 April 2021 at 06:38

Rwanda National Police (RNP), on Friday, April 23, intercepted a commercial motorcyclist in City of Kigali transporting banned skin bleaching products.

Charles Hakizimana, 33, was arrested in Karama market in Nyabugogo Cell, Kigali Sector of Nyarugenge District.

The consignment contained 11 types of skin whitening lotions. They include Carolight, Diproson, Mediven, White Max and Delmasol.

Following his arrest, Hakizimana, disclosed that he was hired by one Juvenal Nkurikiyimana alias Gatoya to supply the creams to different retailers in Kigali markets.

According to Hakizimana, Nkurikiyimana deals in skin bleaching products and has a store in Kimisagara Sector.

Nyarugenge District Police Commander (DPC) Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jackline Urujeni said the suspect was arrested as a result of strong partnership between the Police and the general public through information sharing.

"Police was tipped-off by residents that a taxi-moto operator was transporting skin bleaching lotions to supply different retailers in Kigali markets.

An operation was conducted and Hakizimana was arrested in Karama market where he was supposed to supply the outlawed lotions. The products and the motorcycle were also impounded," SSP Urujeni said.

Hakizimana, she added, was handed over to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) alongside the exhibits as the search for the alleged dealer Nkurikiyimana is still underway.

The DPC warned anyone selling the banned and outlawed skin bleaching oils and creams.

She commended residents, who shared information on the unlawful business.

Article 266 of the law relating to offences and penalties in general, states that "any person, who produces, sells or prescribes the following prohibited substances: a drug; harmful products; cosmetics or body hygiene substances 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 between Frw3 million and Frw5 million or only one of these penalties."