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Two Arrested with Forged ‘RRA’ Labels

Police in Nyagatare District are holding two men who were arrested as they allegedly attempted to sneak in the country over 53, 300 forged Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) labels.

Suspects are now being held by police.

The forged labels were for small bottled liquors with a financial value of over Rwf7.5million.

Normally, every product has its separate RRA official label.

The Eastern Region Police Spokesperson, Inspector of Police (IP) Emmanuel Kayigi identified the duo as Jean Bosco Rukeramanzi and Vianney Mpabuka.

“In the night of May 4, forces on patrol around the borderline in Rwempasha Sector intercepted the two men, who were traveling on a motorcycle RC 560C after they entered the country through a porous border. When they checked their luggage of eight boxes, they found them packed with 53, 376 RRA labels which we later established to be forgeries,” IP Kayigi said.

“Investigations are still ongoing but preliminary inquiries have established that there are other people connected to this ring including the supplier in a neighbouring country and the seized stamps were being taken to Kigali,” he added.

IP Kayigi warned that “such practices harm the economy and normally people using forged labels are either selling contrabands or illegal substances that may be very harmful to people’s lives. Anyone, who comes across fake tax stamps or someone trying to sell them on a black market, should immediately inform the police.”

“Traders should always verify tax stamps or labels on their products to ensure they are authentic; consumers should be vigilant because products bearing forged stamps are most likely to be harmful to lives.”

In March this year, police arrested two other people with 11 cartons of banned gin possessing forged RRA labels.

The 11 cartons contained Real Waragi and Radiant Gin in plastic bottles. The two types of gin were products of Rum Brand LTD a gin manufacturing plant that was closed down in December last year by Rwanda Standards Board (RSB).

By Robert Muriisa, RNP.

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