Two illegal distilleries closed
About 31560 litres of locally made illicit brew were seized and disposed of in Ngororero and Gakenke districts as part of the ongoing operations against illegal distilleries and fighting illicit drugs.
The substances were seized in two separate operations conducted by Police, Rwanda Standards Bureau and local leaders.
About 27000 litres were seized when Police raided an illegal plant owned by one Pierre Claver Niyondora in Rususa Sector, Ngororero District.
Other 4560 litres of the substances called Ubusabane owned by one Annonciatte Mukeshimana under her company name Leo Amigo Limited were seized from an illegal distillery in Rusagara Cell in Gakenke Sector on Monday.
The psychotropic substances were poured in presence of thousands of residents, with Police issues stern warning to people running such distilleries without authorization license or going against health standards.
The public destruction exercise was also attended by officials from Rwanda Standards Bureau.
In Ngororero, the District Police Commander, Supt. Alphonse Mayinga warned that the operations will continue and appealed to the residents to report those that “violate the law and serve people with harmful substances.”
“We thank those who provide us with information related to illegal distilleries and drug dealers in particular and criminality in general. We are here today because one of you thought it wise to report this unlawful business. We need to continue to fight this together,” Supt. Mayinga said.
“If you don’t stop we will arrest you to stop you from poisoning others and causing insecurity,” he warned.
Olivier Rukundo from RBS explained that besides acquiring an operational license, there are health and quality standards that should be adhered to including specific raw materials prescribed for use under the law and packaging.
Rukundo also appealed to local leaders to always make sure that distilleries operating in their areas are licensed.
The operations against distilleries without the Standard Mark started late last year with hundreds of them already closed and owners arrested. As of October last year, there were only 12 distilleries with the S-Mark.