, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 13 – Security agencies in Nairobi have arrested a suspect in connection with contraband goods worth Sh15 million.
The suspect was arrested as he attempted to move a consignment of the goods from a warehouse near the ICD to Nairobi’s Westlands suburb.
Kenya Revenue Officers on a routine market surveillance assignment pounced on the suspect and his accomplice as they were packing 994 cartons of Imported Alcoholic Drinks.
The goods intercepted by the KRA officers in collaboration with Railway Police Officers have since been moved to the KRA Wilson Airport Warehouses as investigations progress.
Illicit trade in the country is wreaking havoc on the countries capacity to mobilise development funds through taxes.
With more than Sh280billion estimated to be lost through illicit trade, such arrests will serve to inspire confidence for local traders who are facing undue competition from tax evaders.
Last Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta while addressing a Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) Presidential Round Table forum directed security agencies to move with speed and curb the illicit trade.
President Kenyatta appointed Deputy Head of Public Service, Wanyama Musiambo, to lead efforts towards the eradication of corruption and illicit trade, counterfeits, fake business stickers, dumping and entry of fake goods through all ports of entry mainly through the port of Mombasa.