The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Customs Officers in Kitale have impounded 230 bags of uncustomed sugar smuggled from Uganda with a market value of Kshs. 810,000.
The sugar packed in gunny bags labelled Lugazi and whose origin is Uganda, was being transferred by a group of men to a parked truck for repackaging into empty gunny bags branded Butali Sugar Mills limited, Webuye at a garage, in Veterinary area, Kitale. The customs officers also found a gunny bag-sealing machine.
The alleged owner of the sugar Consignment-a Mr Daniel Mwangi has been a******d and is scheduled to appear in court. The trucks and the consignment were transferred to Eldoret Custom’s warehouse.
This comes less than a month after officers from KRA seized smuggled sugar in Lodwar, Turkana county, which is believed to be from Uganda.
The estimated market value of the sugar was Sh40 million.
The intelligence led by KRA’s Rift Valley regional manager Nicholas Kinoti d******d a truck KCD046V while offloading about 500 bags smuggled ‘Mayunge’ sugar at a store in Lodwar.
It was discovered that the smuggler who has political connections had three stores containing approximately 800 bags each of the same sugar.