Ugandan Woman Nabbed With Cocaine At Kigali International Airport

A Ugandan born woman possessing a British passport was on Saturday arrested at Kigali international Airport with a kilogram of cocaine, estimated to be worth Rwf45 million

Hasifa Ddungu
Hasifa Ddungu

Accordind to newtimes, Hasifa Ddungu, 47, was in transit en route to Entebbe, Uganda, from Burundi.

She had two sealed plastic packets of cocaine underneath her clothes, Police said. The substance was detected during routine screening before her next flight.

She was paraded before the media yesterday at Police Headquarters in Kacyiru, Kigali.

ACP Theos Badege, the Commissioner for Criminal Investigation Department (CID), told journalists that the suspect will be handed over to prosecution today.

“She was caught by our security officers at the Airport with a kilogramme of cocaine. Investigations continue but she will be handed over to prosecution tomorrow (today) to face the law,” said Badege.

Article 594 of the penal code states that any person who, unlawfully, makes, transforms, imports, or sells narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances within the country, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of three to five years and/or a fine of Rwf500,000 to Rwf5 million or both.

However, if the offences indicated in this article are committed internationally, the penalties shall be doubled. That means that the suspect, if proven guilty, may serve up to 10 years in prison and/or fined up to Rwf10 million.

Hasifa Ddungu
Hasifa Ddungu

Badege said the law enforcers, as a result of the case, had contacted their counterparts in Burundi, Uganda and the UK to trace the chain of drug trafficking.

“We expect to hear from them, to co-operate and detect the chain of these drug traffickers. This is the only way we can stop drug dealers,” Badege said.

Amb. William Gelling, the British High Commissioner to Rwanda, told The New Times, that his government would “co-operate…in a bid to fight drug trafficking.”

The envoy said in an email that they were aware of the case and were following closely.  “We will co-operate on request,” he stated.

The suspect did not deny nor admit wrongdoing, only saying that she needed a lawyer.

Gelling further said that the British high commission would provide the suspect with consular assistance on request, including a list of available lawyers. “However, we would not provide a lawyer ourselves,” he said.

She becomes the first cocaine trafficking suspect arrested in Kigali since 2007, according to police reports.

“We have not had a lot of cocaine cases in Rwanda; the common cases are cannabis and Kanyanga (an illegal local brew). We have always used community policing mechanisms to fight drug abuse in the country and we continue to invite public partnership in the fight against drug abuse and smuggling,” said Badege.

Source: Newtimes

8 thoughts on “Ugandan Woman Nabbed With Cocaine At Kigali International Airport

  1. any person who, unlawfully, makes, transforms, imports, or sells narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances within the country……….. she was not making, nor transforming, or importing to Rwanda or selling to anyone she is just in transit……. unless they add the trafficking clause or possession

  2. I wish that Hajati Hanifa should have eaten pork instead of moving drugs . Haram sana !!!!

  3. Obviously no lessons were learnt from the infamous “Chinese murder” scenario in which Ugandans were murdered for drug peddling.

  4. They never learn. As old as she is, it’s really embarrassing. Instead of doing kyeyo!! Shame on her. The British should take away their passport from her.

  5. With her foreign passport she is in definition a foreigner to us Ugandans. Why didnt she take a bus to Ug

  6. Too soft indeed !! “imprisonment of three to five years and/or a fine of Rwf500,000 to Rwf5 million or both.”

  7. She had an opportunity to become a British citizen and decides to abuse it. That is utterly wrong and I’m glad Rwanda will apply law and there is no chance of escaping jail. Given what happened in China and now this! Some people will never learn!

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