KRA Closes D own Illegal Water Manufacturing P lant in Embakasi

KRA Closes D own Illegal Water Manufacturing P lant in Embakasi

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,11TH AUG 2018-The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has shut down and seized more than 1,000 pieces of bottled water and a pickup truck at an illegal water manufacturing plant in
Embakasi, Nairobi.
The plant which is located in a residential area within Embakasi was sealed off for
manufacturing water without an excise licence contrary to section 15 of the Excise Duty Act 2015. The operations of the plant
registered under Diamond Crystals Enterprises were also in contravention of Section 38 of the Excise Duty Act 2017 as read with Regulation 30 of Legal Notice 53 of 2017.
KRA official at one of the sections of the illegal water manufacturing plant in Embakasi, Nairobi.-PHOTO/Grace Chege
Two hundred and twenty pieces of five  litre bottled water and 792 pieces of 500millilitre bottled water had already been loaded on to the waiting pickup truck outside the premises ready for the
market when KRA officials arrived.
Twenty pieces of five litre bottled water were still within the premises. The officials were working on a tip
off from members of the public. The director of the company
has been summoned by KRA for further investigations and subsequent prosecution in court
for manufacturing possessing and convey ing an excisable product without an excise licence
and tax evasion
Sample bottled water seized by KRA at the illegal water manufacturing plant in Embakasi, Nairobi.
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KRA remains committed in stamping out manufactures who circumvent the law with
the intention of evading taxes due on products manufactured. The crackdown on
illicit trade and contrabands currently ongoing throughout the country will
continue unabated not only to safeguard government revenue but also to protect members of
the public from illegally manufactured products
posing health risks
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KRA is a member of the multiagency team constituted in May this year to steer the nationwide crackdown on illicit trade and contraband goods. The Authority wishes to encourage members of the public to be part of this
endeavour by volunteering information on suspicious production of excisable goods such
as water.
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