NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan police said on Wednesday that they are
interrogating four suspects who were arrested in separate
incidents for carrying contraband sugar and cigarettes from two
Deputy Head of
Public Service Wanyama Musiambo said the three trucks carrying
suspected contraband sugar weighing a total of 36 tons from
Somalia were seized on Tuesday in Wajir in northeast Kenya.
“The impounded sugar
is undergoing verification and inspection by the multi-agency
team. Three suspects were arrested and are in police custody,”
Musiambo said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
He also said the
police on Wednesday seized 691 cartons of suspected contraband
cigarettes in Lokichogio, Turkana county in northwest Kenya.
Musiambo said the
cigarettes were found packed in soft drink containers on transit
from Sudan through Nadapal border point.
He said the
verification process for both seizures is ongoing. “One person
was arrested in connection with the seized cigarette cargo and
is in police custody,” Musiambo said.
“All traders and
importers are warned that the government will not allow or
entertain dirty business practices in this country hence those
found to contrive the law will be dealt with firmly according to
the law,” he warned.
The government has
in recent months intensified efforts towards the eradication of
corruption and illicit trade, counterfeits, fake business
stickers, dumping and entry of fake goods through all ports of
entry mainly through the port of Mombasa.
Kenya estimates that
it loses an estimated 8 million dollars annually through influx
of counterfeit and sub-standard goods that are detrimental to
fair trade, human health and national security.