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KRA destroys 728 bags of illicit sugar worth Sh2m

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Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) at the weekend spearheaded the destruction of 728 bags of illicit sugar 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 Mugendi Nyaga on August 23, 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 August 21 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 Ksh 180,000 and Ksh 29,700 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 Ksh 2.2 million for transporting the goods whose taxes had not been paid.

The rest of the bags were to be destroyed on Monday  as directed by the court. The 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.

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