Seized Fake Goods Worth 1.5 billion Kenyan Shillings Destroyed By KRA

According to reports, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has today the 30th of August 2019, announced that it has teamed up with the Multi-Agency team on illegal trade, to destroy excisable products which are illegal with a market value of over 1.5 billion Kenyan Shillings at stony Athi, Kajiado County.

Among the products destroyed were 104,786 bottles of Juice, 102,004 bottles of Wine, 82,538 bottles of Spirits and 25,070 bottles of beer.

Other goods which were also destroyed were 93,670 bottles of water, 60,000 fake excise stamps and 6,450 packets of cigarettes.
During the exercise products such as cigars, cigarillos, cigars and shisha packed in 50 packets, were also destroyed.

The illicit products were confiscated over the course of the last financial year, as well as others before it.

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) made it known that the products which were seized from various traders in Nairobi, could have led to a loss of over 400 million Kenyan Shillings in tax revenues.

The products were impounded by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), in partnership with the various government agencies which make up the multiagency team that is charged with combating illegal trade and contraband goods.

The government agencies which make up the multiagency team are the Office of the President, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs), the Anti-Counterfeit Agency (ACA), the Kenya National Agency for the Campaign against Drug Abuse (NACADA) and the Department of Public Health.


Is NEMA involved?

We only know burning and burying as methods of destruction but never consider the impact on the environment.

But burning attracts a big spectacle, nice shareable videos and photo op sessions that the top KRA honchos can parade to the masses

Riiiiiiight…they shouldn’t do two wrongs.