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Crackdown on sale of fake books

24 February 2012, 13:05 Alloys Musyoka

Two businessmen have been arrested for allegedly selling fake books to students at the center of Malindi town in Kilifi County.

According to Moran East African Publishers Limited Coast Region sales Manager Mr. Twaha Said Mbagga the two were arrested after fake set books were found in their shelves.

He said due to increase in Piracy of set books in Mombasa and Malindi they decided to conduct crackdown in Malindi where the two suspects were found selling fake books purported to be from Moran East African Publisher.


“The two are among thousands in the country selling fake set books purported to be from our company but we are going to arrest them until the business cease to exist ,” he said.

He said piracy in the country has made many publishing companies loss billions of shillings unknowingly.

The price of the fake books, he said are sold at 450 comparing to the original ones which are given at 350 shillings per book.

“You see how these people are making money from what they have not sweat for while the owners are losing billions of shillings,” he lamented.

Mr. Mbagga attributed poor results especially in Coast region last years to fake books which he said some of them are not meant for students as their language is diluted and meaning changed.

“Some of these people take the first content of our books which is not approved, they copy and publish them because when you go through all the copies you will notice the difference and see the dangerous our students are being exposed to when they buy those books,” said Mr. Mbagga.

The suspects he said were selling different types of books purporting to be from Moran Publishers some of them were; Enemy of the people, Mstahiki Mayor, The wells by long man, Four figure table and Damu nyeusi among others.

He said such books when sold to form three and four students are dangerous as they may contribute to poor performance.

“They are not the books meant for students and if sold to them it will be risking their lives academically that why we want to arrest all who are involved in publishing the books in the name of our company in the region so that we can curb piracy,” he noted.

The two Mr. Mbagga said will help police and their company to trace and arrest cartels who publishes the books noting that the suspects had revealed that they were only being provided with the books to sell by some people but had no idea if they were fake.

"The two have told us that they are just sellers and so if the books were fake or not they had no idea but they will help us to trace the fake publishers,"  he asserted.

He urged parents and students who want to buy books and set books to make sure that they get them from book shops and not from the streets.

People practicing piracy especially books he said mainly target set books since they know are on high demand by form three and four students.

"If they are found guilty after investigations then they will have to be prosecuted," he added noting that any one found practising piracy in the country can be fined to not less than 4 million shillings.

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