Police in Gatsibo District have intercepted a vehicle loaded with 80 boxes of a banned gin called Zebra Waragi. The gin is among those banned in Rwanda and classified as narcotic drug under the law governing narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors in Rwanda
In its article 24, it states that “any drink that exceeds forty five percent of alcohol and any other drink which doesn’t have the required quality for consumption shall be considered as narcotic drug.”
The driver of the vehicle – Land Cruiser type – registration number RAB 608N identified as Donat Nkundimana was also arrested. He was on July 24 paraded before the media at the Rwanda National Police headquarters in Kacyiru.
RNP spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Celestin Twahirwa said the vehicle was intercepted at about 2:00 am on Friday in Kiramuruzi Sector.
“Police received information of a vehicle headed to Gatsibo from Gatuna carrying illicit gin and it was trailed until it was intercepted at an erected checkpoint, where the driver was arrested,” ACP Twahirwa said.
Police is still searching for the second person only identified as Ndoli, who was on board and said to be the owner of the illicit gin, who escaped after tricking the driver.
Nkundimana narrated that he was hired from Kigali by Ndoli to carry the illegal goods from Gatuna to Rukomo in Gicumbi at an agreed fee of Rwf150, 000. Nkundimana had been offered more Rwf50, 000 to deliver the luggage in Gatsibo.
“When we reached in Rukomo, he told me that plans have changed and that the luggage will be transported to Muhura in Gatsibo but along the way, I think Ndoli noticed that we were falling in a police trap and he moved out like someone going for a short call and he escaped, and that’s how I was arrested,” Nkundimana said.
“In reality I knew what I was transporting, this is my first time and i regret doing it,” he added.
“Any drink parked in sachets or plastic bags is illegal and considered illicit; besides, such drinks don’t meet the required standards and their alcoholic content pose danger to consumers and we urge the public, who are our strong partners to press on in this fight,” ACP warned.