Kakamega Police Arrest Man Smuggling Goods Worth Ksh 9M from Uganda

Tuesday, October 17, 2023
The Kenya-Uganda Busia One Stop Border Post. PHOTO/COURTESY
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Kakamega, Kenya | THE BLACK EXAMINER | Kakamega Police Station officers apprehended a middle-aged man attempting to smuggle uncustomed goods valued at millions from Uganda into the country, following a tip-off from the public. The arrest took place near Shivembe village, about eight kilometers from the police station. Preliminary investigations revealed that the seized lorry contained 350 boxes of cigarettes (valued at Ksh 8.75 million) and 40 bags of 50 kg chicken feed (estimated at Ksh 24,600). The suspect, Shadrack Kogo, aged 29, is in custody at Kakamega Police Station, and the seized goods are being held as exhibits. The incident was reported to Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officers for further action.

Under the East Africa Community Customs Management Act 2004, possessing uncustomed goods is an offense punishable by imprisonment for up to five years, a fine equivalent to 50% of the dutiable value, or both. The Anti-Counterfeit Authority (ACA) recognizes uncustomed goods as a significant component of illicit trade, which also includes piracy, sub-standard products, unexcised goods, and restricted goods. Recent data from ACA indicates that one in five products sold in Kenya is illicit, posing threats to the economy and public safety.

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