Police impounds 550 boxes of illicit brew in Nyamirambo

On 29 August 2019 at 10:52

Police in the City of Kigali has impounded a vehicle transporting 550 boxes of an illicit brew called ‘Agasusuruko Bonne Chance.’

Acting on a tip-off, Police said the vehicle RAE 689A, Daihatsu was on Tuesday trailed from Gatsata in Gasabo district to a store in Nyamirambo, Nyarugenge district owned by Eugene Sibomana, the distributor.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Marie-Gorette Umutesi, the police spokesperson for the City of Kigali said the distillery is not licensed and was producing substandard alcoholic drinks. The seized substances were publicly disposed of.

“There are set health and legal standards to start a brewery, which also prescribes the raw materials that are not harmful to consumers, and should be followed; contrary to that you are breaking the law,” CIP Umutesi said.

RSB specifies that “only food-grade processing aids recognized as safe for human consumption shall be used during the manufacture.”

Other standard requirements include labeling (name of the products, physical and postal address of manufacturer); net contents in milliliters or liters; ethyl alcohol content; date of manufacture and expiry date; storage instructions; statutory warnings; and list of ingredients in descending order.

“We advise people, who want to invest in producing alcoholic beverages to go through proper channels and acquire the standard mark so as to produce and sell products that are healthy to consumers. Contrary to these standards you will be producing psychotropic substances, which is punishable by law,” the spokesperson emphasized.

Under article 263 of the Penal code, “any person who, unlawfully produces, transforms, transports, stores, gives to another or who sells narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances commit an offense,” with an imprisonment of up to 10 years and a fine of between Rwf5 million and Rwf10 million.