contraband goods from Somalia seized

Suspected contraband sugar which was seized in Kitui, Matuu and Mwingi towns on June 16, 2018.[PHOTO/NATION MEDIA GROUP]


Over ten vehicles were impounded carrying contrabands goods along Mwingi –Garissa highway following a multiagency crackdown along the route.

Confirming the incident that occurred around 6 pm at Mutwangombe area ,Mwingi central sub –county police commander, Peter Mutuma said  the operation was carried out by a combined security team.

His office in conjunction with the multiagency team impounded over 100 sacks containing banned charcoal, bales of polythene bags, boxes of canned fish, boxes of relief tablets, rolls of clothe materials among other goods while other vehicles ferried excess passengers.

During the operation ksh.3 million was also recovered from one Abdirahman Abdi a Kenyan Somali aged 20 years.

The OCPD, said the unaccustomed goods seized are killing the government which is not collecting revenue from them while people should pay for such goods.

According to him, the goods are suspected to originate from the neighboring country, Somalia.

Peter further noted that charcoal business is a banned exercise and it causes environmental degradation.

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“People should look for alternative means of cooking but not felling trees,” cautioned Mutuma.

The drivers of the said vehicles will be arraigned at Mwingi law court.


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