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Kenyan authorities have destroyed 728 bags of illicit sugar

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan authorities have destroyed 728 bags of illicit sugar that had been intercepted in August in Wajir County in northeastern part of the country.

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) said Sunday the sugar was part of a larger consignment of 1,584 bags worth some 20,000 U.S. dollars intercepted by KRA Customs officials at the Kenya-Somalia border on Aug. 21 aboard three trucks.

“The officials had also intercepted 30 boxes of milk powder from Denmark and another 30 boxes of cooking oil manufactured in Malaysia valued at 180,000 shillings (about 1,800 dollars) and 29,700 shillings respectively,” KRA said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

Preliminary investigations showed that the consignment was destined for Wajir town.

“On the day the court order was issued, a businessman identified as Hassan Noor was fined 22,000 dollars for transporting the goods whose taxes had not been paid,” said KRA.

The rest of the bags shall be destroyed on Tuesday as directed by the court. This destruction comes in the wake of renewed combat on illicit trade and contraband goods by the government.

On Aug. 31, President Uhuru Kenyatta witnessed the destruction of illicit goods worth about 15 million dollars as the east African nation intensified fight against counterfeits and contraband.

The destroyed items included cars, an array of foodstuff, fake electronics, assorted pharmaceuticals some of which had expired and poisonous, laboratory equipment, motor-vehicle spare parts, construction materials, alcoholic drinks, counterfeit cigarettes, motor-cycle tubes, energy saving bulbs, cables and sex toys.

             

 

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