30 KEBS, KRA officials to be arraigned in court over contraband imports

September 24, 2018 11:36 am
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The officials were arrested over the weekend by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in an ongoing probe into the importation of contraband goods/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 24 – At least 30 senior officials of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) are due in court on Monday over the importation of poisoned sugar and other contraband goods.

The officials were arrested over the weekend by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in an ongoing probe into the importation of contraband goods.

DCI Director, George Kinoti told Capital FM News that 20 of the officials were arrested in Mombasa and the other 10 in Nairobi.

The arrested officials include suspended KEBS Managing Director, Charles Ongwae who has been out on bail since June 25, having denied a murder charge over his role in the importation of 5.8 million kilograms of substandard fertilizer containing mercury.

KRA officials are also in detention and are being interrogated for willingly permitting the release into the market of a consignment of substandard white rice from Thailand.

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