Police and local leaders have seized about 560 liters of the illicit drinks in Nyaruguru and Huye districts.
They were seized in separate operations conducted on Monday. They were seized from three people.
The substances were disposed of in presence of hundreds of residents, during which messages on dangers of consuming such illicit brew and legal repercussions were delivered by the Police and local leaders
According Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Karekezi, the RNP spokesperson for the Southern region, the substances were seized during the Police operations against illicit drugs conducted in conjunction with local leaders.
CIP Karekezi warned against “poisoning Rwandans with unhygienic and harmful drinks.”
“People should not turn a blind eye to the problem, some neglect the fact that this is a menace that has the capacity to destroy our community and affect the economic and social structures,” CIP Karekezi said.
He said that the youthful population is at a greater risk of failure in life because they are the most affected, and urged adults to offer guidance to youngsters.
Officials urged residents to seek standards license from Rwanda Standards Board to allow them to engage in such businesses.
Standards requirements include labeling (name of the products, physical and postal address of manufacturer); net contents in milliliters or liters; ethyl alcohol content; date of manufacture and expiry date; storage instruction; statutory warnings; and list of ingredients in descending order.