Eleven people have died in Rwanda’s south eastern district of Bugesera since Christmas Day after drinking a local brew made from bananas, the Rwanda Investigation Bureau has confirmed.

Four other are reported to be in hospital for treatment.

Rwanda Investigation Bureauwhich reported thatfive people had been arrested, including the brewery’s owner, added that the brewery was operating without a license, and its operations have been suspended.

A countrywide campaign has been launched to clamp down on unauthorized local brews. END

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