4 Arrested Smuggling Illegal Ugandan Liquor into Rwanda

Four women, seek all Rwandan nationals have been arrested after they were found smuggling banned Ugandan liquor into the neighboring country.

IP Innocent Gasasira, treatment Rwanda’s Northern Region Rwanda Police spokesperson identified the suspects as Angélique Nyiransengiyumva, case Vestine Uwizeyimana, Karusumu Nyirankiranuye and Dina Mukandahiro; all residents of Burera district in northern Rwanda.

These were netted at a checkpoint along Cyanika-Musanze road near the border with the Ugandan district of Kisoro.

The police mouthpiece revealed that the women were found with 37 dozens of Blue Sky, 11 dozens of Kitoko Waragi, two dozens of coffee liquor and three dozens of Host Waragi, all illicit substances banned in Rwanda.

The suspects were also found in possession of seven bottles of Uganda Waragi, 12 bottles of Bond 7 and two V&A bottles that had been smuggled into the country without paying taxes.

“Residents living around Cyanika border saw the four women loading the illegal luggage in a vehicle after crossing into Rwanda through a non-gazetted border, they informed us and we immediately mounted a snap checkpoint where we arrested the quartet,” Gasasira said.

According to Rwandan law on narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors, “any drink that exceeds 45 per cent of alcohol content or does not have the required quality for consumption, shall be considered as a narcotic drug.”

Also the Rwanda penal code’s Article 594  on smuggling goods states that any person who unlawfully, makes, transforms, imports, or sells narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances within the country, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of up to five years and a fine of up to Rwf5 million.


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