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Govt urged to probe sugar smuggling at Mombasa port

19 March 2014, 11:44

Nairobi - Muhoroni MP James Koyoo has urged the government to investigate and take action against claims that some syndicates, including government officials, were involved in smuggling of sugar into the country.

Koyoo called on government to investigate some of its officials in charge of inspection of goods coming into the country through the port of Mombasa in order to curb illegal importation of the sweet commodity.

He said sugar from such countries as Brazil, disguised as coming from Egypt, was being illegally smuggled into the country and therefore threatening the local industry.

He said sugar factories, which are mainly situated in Nyanza and Western Province, are threatened by the illegal importation of sugar since such products were not subjected to taxation as they come in, purportedly, as imports from the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) region.

“We should not fear competition but imported sugar should be legally taxed. If sugar is properly taxed, we will not have a problem,” a concerned Koyoo added.

The Muhoroni legislator said the country had the ability to produce enough sugar for consumption in the country, which invalidated the need for imports of the product.

He said there was a “sugar glut” within the country currently.

“That also should be addressed by the government,” said Koyoo.

The country was month granted a one-year extension to limit sugar imports from the regional trade bloc, COMESA, to enable the country to complete reforms that would make its sugar industry competitive.

– CAJ News

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