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Contraband goods worth KES 350 million destroyed in Mombasa

03 February 2016, 22:26

Nairobi - Kenya Revenue Authority and Kenya Ports Authority officials on Wednesday destroyed contraband goods worth millions of shillings at the port of Mombasa.

According to The Star, more than 17,600 bags of sugar, each weighing 50kg and valued at Sh56 million, 48 containers of condemned rice and 64 containers of ethanol valued at Sh288 million were disposed of in a joint effort by KRA and KPA.

“The commodities shall be destroyed through dumping into the Indian Ocean using a barge. The contents were emptied out of the bags into a hold, the barge will sail off and thereafter open its hold to allow the contents to flow out into the ocean,” KRA commissioner in charge of customs and border control Julius Musyoki told journalists before the operation.

KRA, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) impounded the containers of contraband goods stored in freight stations in Mombasa.

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The Daily Nation continued that on January 15, they impounded 39 containers of contraband Brazilian sugar declared as hardware material, whole lentils, photocopiers, office furniture, new shoes and dried grapes and stored stored at the Autoport, Focus and MCT freight stations in Mombasa after they were intercepted, while those containing ethanol were said to be within the port.

"The rice consignment consisted of cargo initially destined for Uganda but whose owners failed to claim," said KRA commissioner general John Njiraini.

Njiraini said it was not the subject of seizure as illicit cargo "hence no specific action has been preferred against the CFS facility where it was stored".

He said the Kenya Bureau of Standards had condemned the goods as unfit for consumption prior to customs auctions.

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