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DCI, KRA close operations of Africa Spirit – maker of Blue Moon, Legend Brandy, Glen Rock

DCI said the Directors of the Company and other senior management are being sought.

NAIROBI, Kenya, 8 Feb – The Directorate of Criminal Investigations and Kenya Revenue Authority on Friday morning raided Africa Spirit Limited and arrested the Production Manager of its Thika factory after consignments of counterfeit excise stamps were found in the plant.

DCI and KRA authorities confirmed that Africa Spirit, which manufacturers Glen Rock, Legend Black, Blue Moon, Legend Brandy, Gypsy King and Furaha, are seeking to close the factory to facilitate investigations.

Suspected 312,000 litres of illicit ethanol was also found within their premises, and together with the 21 million counterfeit excise stamps, are worth Sh1.2 billion.

“This operation is part of the Government ongoing campaign against illicit trade aimed at ensuring compliance with tax and consumer protection laws,” read a joint statement from KRA and DCI.

DCI said the Directors of the Company and other senior management are being sought.

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