Crackdown on sale of fake books
24 February 2012, 13:05
businessmen have been arrested for allegedly selling fake books to students at
the center of Malindi town in Kilifi County.
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
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.
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.
said piracy in the country has made many publishing companies loss billions of
price of the fake books, he said are sold at 450 comparing to the original ones
which are given at 350 shillings per book.
see how these people are making money from what they have not sweat for while
the owners are losing billions of shillings,” he lamented.
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.
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.
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.
said such books when sold to form three and four students are dangerous as they
may contribute to poor performance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
practicing piracy especially books he said mainly target set books since they
know are on high demand by form three and four students.
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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