Over 900 litres of illicit substances seized

On 3 May 2020 at 11:32

Separate Police operations targeting people distilling illicit brew in City of Kigali seized over 900 litres of assorted substances.

The substances were seized from three distillers and dealers on Friday in the three districts of Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge.

In Nyarugenge, Nyamirambo sector in Rugarama cell, Munanira village, one Pascal Ntamwemezi, 36, was caught with 240 litres of illicit brew.

In Gasabo, Bumbogo sector in Kinyaga cell, Oliver Kubwimana, 58, was found with 540 litres.

Louise Mukarutesi, 50, of Nyenyeri village in Bwerankori cell, Kigarama sector in Kicukiro District, was arrested withe 120 litres.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Marie-Gorette Umutesi, the Police spokesperson for the City of Kigali, said that the targeted and successful operations were informed by credible information from local residents.

"All the three arrested suspects had illegal distilleries in their houses. They had also created bars in their homes selling the distilled substances but were also supplying other local bars," explained CIP Umutesi.

She 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.