BY CORRESPONDENT,WAJIRI,10TH SEPT 2018-KRA in partnership with key government agencies over the weekend destroyed 728 bags of illicit sugar that had been intercepted in Wajir last month.
The exercise which took place at a Kenya Defence Forces camp in Wajir was an execution of a court order issued by Wajir Resident Magistrate Hon Mugendi Nyaga on 23rd August, 2018 ordering the destruction of the goods.
The sugar was part of a larger consignment of 1,584 bags worth Ksh 2 million intercepted by KRA Customs officials at the Kenya-Somalia border on 21st August this year aboard three trucks.
The officials had also intercepted 30 boxes of milk powder from Denmark and another 30 boxes of cooking oil manufactured in Malaysia valued at Ksh180,000 and Ksh29,700 respectively.
Preliminary investigations showed that the consignment was destined for Wajir town. On the day the court order was issued, a businessman identified as Hassan Noor was fined Ksh2.2 million for transporting the goods whose taxes had not been paid.
The rest of the bags shall be destroyed on 10th September as directed by the court.
This destruction comes in the wake of renewed combat on illicit trade and contraband goods by the government. KRA will continue to keep vigil at all points of entry in to the country to ensure that the country is safe from contraband goods and illicit trade.