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KRA dismisses drugs claims

NAIROBI, Kenya 29 – The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has denied the claims that some of its officers have been colluding with drug barons in smuggling drugs into the country.

Speaking to journalists at the KRA headquarters, KRA Commissioner General Michael Waweru said they were not protecting anyone as widely misconceived by Kenyans.

“Whenever the police intercept drugs, they always have the courtesy to let us know and vice versa. We do not dictate to the police force or any other law enforcement agency for that matter, what action to take in the course of discharging their respective mandates,” Mr waweru said.

This defense comes after a report was tabled in Parliament by the Imenti Central legislator Gitobu Imanyara. The report accuses the KRA boss of collaborating with a former Commissioner of Police of trying to stop an investigation of 21 Containers allegedly staffed with narcotics.

“I am not aware at all of any such investigations neither did the then Commissioner of Police or I commission any.”

He added that the only investigation that took place was of the two containers of goods declared as personal effects and involved all the relevant law enforcement agencies. They were conducted and concluded by the end of December in 2004 when a haul of narcotics was recovered.

He also pointed out that KRA has always been on the forefront in fighting the illicit trade.

Mr Waweru said they had put stern measures such as dismissing officers who are found engaging in the illegal trade, established the K9 dog unit in Nairobi and Mombasa.

The Kenya Revenue Authority has also introduced fixed, mobile and palletised scanners in all regions among others measures.

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