Hard Times: 12 arrested selling illicit brew

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 25 March 2020 at 07:06

Rwanda National Police have mounted a crackdown in the Southern, Western and Eastern Provinces on illicit brew s and gins, seizing 1,910 liters of liquor and arresting 12 people.

In the Eastern Province in Ngoma, Gatsibo and Kayonza districts, about 750 liters were seized and six people were arrested. In the Western Province in Rutsiro District in Mukura Sector, at the home of 51-year-old Habarurema Damien, 420 liters were seized while in the Southern Province in Nyanza, Huye and Nyaruguru districts, five people were arrested with 740 liters.

Eastern Province Police Spokesperson, CIP Hamdun Twizeyimana said all the arrests were based on information provided by local authorities and the public.

"As usual, the police, in collaboration with local authorities and other security forces, have stepped up their efforts to ensure that bar closure regulations are complied with to prevent spreading of coronavirus epidemic. Working on information from local authorities, we found that all these people were selling these illegal liquor.”

CIP Twizeyimana goes on to say that such alcohol is illegal in Rwanda, as well as other drugs. In addition to having a detrimental effect on the health of the user, it causes him or her to commit or participate in crimes such as theft, violence, rape, child molestation, domestic violence, and sexual violence.

He reminded residents that prevention is better than cure, and urged residents to follow the advice given by the authorities on drug and alcohol abuse prevention.

CIP Twizeyimana also called on Rwandans, in general, to keep in mind the current situation in the country and follow the instructions to stay in their homes to prevent the spread of coronavirus