20 Joho family contraband containers seized by KRA
17 February 2016, 22:30
Nairobi - KRA officials have found 20 containers of contraband sugar at
Autoport Container Freight Station which is associated with Mombasa
Governor Hassan Joho.
The Star reports that the consignment, which had been declared as
floor sanding machines and related hardware tools, has an estimated tax
value of KES 36 million, said Grace Wandera, Marketing and Communication
She said in a statement on Wednesday that
Kenya Revenue Authority officials carrying out a probe at the station
reported that the sugar was from Brazil.
Wandera said KRA
officials also found a 40-foot container with 135 drums of a liquid
product suspected to be ethanol, with a tax value of about KES 11
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Julius Musyoki, Customs and Border Control
commissioner, said the consignments will be assessed further. He said
they will be forfeited to the state for destruction once officially
confirmed to have contraband items.
“The contents of this
containers, will also be destroyed as part of our measures to curb this
practice," Musyoki said. “We are also in pursuit of listed importers who
we shall be seeking to arraign in court."
The Daily Nation reported earlier that the closure followed a letter from the Kenya Ports Authority to the stations’ management notifying them that they would not be allowed to receive cargo from the harbour.
“It has been decided that nomination of containers to your CFS be suspended with immediate effect,” KPA Managing Director Gichiri Ndua said in the letter dated January 21, without giving any reason for the action.
The station was however later reopened after opposition leaders' complaints.
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