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Muhanga Mayor Warns Bar Owners

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Muhanga Mayor Warns Bar Owners

The Mayor of Muhanga District, Beatrice Uwamariya has warned owners and management of hotels, restaurants, and bars to serve minors with alcohol.

Uwamariya also reminded owners of entertainment spots not to let in minors, which is illegal and punishable by the law.

In a meeting that brought together the proprietors and district authorities to discuss the malpractices.

The meeting was also attended by the acting District Police Commander, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Jean Bosco Karega as well as representatives of other security organs.

The law defines a minor as one aged less than eighteen years unless otherwise provided by other laws.

Any person, the law says, who offers or sells alcoholic beverages or tobacco to a child or involves him or her in the sale of such products shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of at least three months but less than six months and a fine of Rwf300,000 to Rwf1million, or one of these penalties.

These penalties also apply to any person, who encourages a child to drink alcoholic beverages or to smoke or to go to bars.

As owners or managers, they agreed to establish internal mechanisms to ensure that the law is respected. This also applies to owners of night or entertainment spots; no child should be allowed in, mayor Uwamariya said.

She also urged them to always take precaution and report to the police anyone they suspect to be trying to use their hotels to seduce and to indulge children into sexual acts.

The DPC, CIP Karega told them to record particulars of every client well, to facilitate investigations where need be.

He further urged them to hang guiding messages in their facilities that prevent serving alcohol to children or preventing them from accessing prohibited areas like night clubs. 

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