Nyabihu: 1500 litres of illicit brew poured, distiller arrested
Police and local leaders, Monday, seized at least 1500 litres of illicit brew in Rugera Sector of Nyabihu District.
The substances locally known as muriture were seized from the house of the suspected drug dealer identified as Protais Nsanzimana, located in Nyarutembe Cell.
Muriture is classified as a narcotic drug under the ministerial order Nº20/35 of 09/6/2015 determining unauthorized drinks and other controlled substances.
The substances were disposed of in a public exercise where messages against drugs were delivered by security organs and local leaders.
“These substances are unhealthy, harmful to users and criminal to distill or sell them,” Placide Bizimana, the executive secretary for Rugera Sector told hundreds of residents, who witnessed the dispose of exercise.
The law defines narcotic drugs as “chemical substance that affects the processes of the mind or body and whose consumption whether swallowed, sniffed or by way of any other mode exerts impact on human health.”
Muriture is distilled out of mixed water, sugarcane residues, burned bricks and organic fertilizers.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Innocent Gasasira, the Police spokesperson for the Western region, appealed to residents to fight such drugs by reporting distillers.
“These substances are destroying your families and your health. Users don’t think straight; that’s why some men batter their wives after consuming muriture… that’s why you find men defiling and killing the future for young girls. Don’t let this continue in your communities,” CIP Gasasira told the residents.
He warned that operations will continue to arrest all those involved in such criminal businesses to face the wrath of the law.
Under article 263 of the new penal code, anyone convicted of producing, transforming, transporting, storing, giving to another or selling narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances faces a penalty of up to life in prison and a fine of between Rwf20 million and Rwf30 million.