This needs collective effort from all concerned stakeholders; Rwanda National Police for enforcement/prosecution, children commission for sensitization/awareness campaigns, Rwanda Bureau of Standards to control cheap liquor, and bar owners to be strict.
But someone pointed out that the small shops in residential areas sell them, which is very accessible and probably the biggest threat. The latter needs some special interventions.
However I have to commend the Police.
At my nephew’s school (IFAK), they currently conduct surprise checks and have visited the school to sensitize the kids.
Kudos to Rwanda National Police and keep it up. Let’s protect Rwanda’s future.
The law says you can’t sell alcohol to minors and that is what it means; period. The excuse that some parents send minors to buy alcohol for them is simply illogical. Either the parents go to buy for themselves, or send other adults to buy for them.
As for bartenders/supermarket owners, the law should take its course if they are caught selling alcohol to minors.
Reactions to the story, “Bars turn into drinking haven for minors as owners turn a blind eye” (The New Times, February 27)