Over 900 liters of illicit brews seized

On 18 May 2020 at 04:23

Separate Police operations targeting people distilling illicit brew in Huye District, seized over 900 litres of assorted substances.

The substances were seized Saturday from seven distillers and sellers in Ruhashya, Tumba and Rusatira sectors.
About 620 litres of illicit brew were seized from two dealers in Tumba, Cyimana Cell in Ubumwe Village.

In Rusatira Sector, Kiruhura cell, Kiruhura Village two people identified as Danatille Uwimana, 37, and Jean Marie Vianney Habimana, 26, were found with 185 litres.

In Karama and Gatovu cells of Ruhashya Sector, 205 liters were seized from three separate homes.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Sylvestre Twajamahoro, the Police spokesperson for Southern region, said that the targeted and successful operations were informed by credible information from local residents.

"The suspects had illegal distilleries in their homes. They were distributing to local dealers and selling them in bars in their homes," explained CIP Twajamahoro.

He added: "Besides having illegal distillers, which were unhygienic and producing the poisonous substances, they were doing it and selling them in the period when all bars are closed. At the time, Police and local leaders found them selling the substances to consumers."

Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) specifies that “only food-grade processing aids recognized as safe for human consumption shall be used during the manufacture.”
All drinks with an alcoholic content exceeding 45 percent as well as all those without the standard mark (S-Mark) issued by Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) are classified as narcotics.

Article 263 of the new penal code partly states that “any person who, unlawfully produces, transforms, transports, stores, gives to another or who sells narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances commits an offence, with a sentence ranging from seven years to life in prison, upon conviction, and a fine of between Rwf20 million and Rwf30 million.