Consignments of suspected contraband sugar were impounded by the Kitui police in three different towns within the Ukambani region.
Police officers from Kitui nabbed hundreds of bags containing contraband sugar in Matuu, Mwingi and Kitui towns following simultaneous raids on godowns belonging to Mt Kenya wholesalers in the respective towns.
Confirming the successful crack down on counterfeit goofs in the region, the Kitui Central OCPD Muthuri Mwongera said that samples of the consignment were taken to Government laboratories for testing.
He also noted that detectives have started a probe into how the traders involved managed to evade paying taxes to the Kenya revenue Authority (KRA) for the imported goods.
“Our preliminary investigations have established that import duty wasn’t paid on the sugar but we have put the consignment on a 24-hour police guard to avert any possibility of it being sold to the market,” Mr Mwongera said in an exclusive interview with https://www.nation.co.ke/1148-1148-hfsx23z/index.html.
Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, who was by the time of crack down, presiding over a leaders’ meeting at Kefri Centre cut short the meeting and rushed to inspect the stores immediately.
The governor said it is unacceptable for some traders to make Kitui County a dumping ground for smuggled goods of questionable quality yet they were not even Kitui residents in the first place.
“This is the same sugar that Interior CS Fred Matiang’i impounded in Nairobi. If any trader thinks that he can cut corners to dump it in Kitui, they are very mistaken” Ngilu said.
The Kitui county boss further ordered that warehouses in question halt their operations to allow thorough audit of the goods in their stock and ascertain their authenticity.
She also urged the police force to expedite their investigations and take firm action against anyone found to have been involved in illegal trade within the county.