Rwanda: 16-year-old In Custody Over Drugs

Rwanda National Police in Rubavu District are holding a 16-year-old teenager aged for illegal possession of 425 pellets of cannabis from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Christian Kageni said he bought the pellets at 2, hospital 000 francs and was expected to sell them to one Mbarushimana who resides in Mbugangari village at 8, visit this site 000 francs.

Kageni is a resident of Kabashumba village, Ryinyo cell, Kintobo sector, in Nyabihu district.

Rwanda Police have on several occasions warned against drug trafficking as the lucrative trade booms across the border with DRC and Uganda.

Police said in a statement posted on their website that Kageni also lamented that one pellet of cannabis is sold at 20 francs in DRC and “he got involved into the business after failing to make a living in different construction activities he used to engage in.”


In a related development, five women are also being held at Gisenyi Police station, suspected to be narcotic dealers.

The Western Region Police Spokesman Supt. Hamza Vita said that drug dealing in most rampant in Rubavu district. The illegal drug dealing facilitated by the porous border.

Vita said that due to community policing, the vice is being curbed down with the help of intensive campaigns between CPC’s and security organs in the area.

Supt. Vita urged area residents to concentrate in other economic activity such as retail trade, agriculture and other potential activities rather than indulging themselves in illegal crimes which are punishable

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