NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan authorities have destroyed 728 bags of illicit sugar that
had been intercepted in August in Wajir County in northeastern
part of the country.
The Kenya Revenue
Authority (KRA) said Sunday the sugar was part of a larger
consignment of 1,584 bags worth some 20,000 U.S. dollars
intercepted by KRA Customs officials at the Kenya-Somalia border
on Aug. 21 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 180,000 shillings (about 1,800 dollars) and 29,700 shillings
respectively,” KRA said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
investigations showed that the consignment was destined for
“On the day the
court order was issued, a businessman identified as Hassan Noor
was fined 22,000 dollars for transporting the goods whose taxes
had not been paid,” said KRA.
The rest of the bags
shall be destroyed on Tuesday as directed by the court. This
destruction comes in the wake of renewed combat on illicit trade
and contraband goods by the government.
On Aug. 31,
President Uhuru Kenyatta witnessed the destruction of illicit
goods worth about 15 million dollars as the east African nation
intensified fight against counterfeits and contraband.
The destroyed items
included cars, an array of foodstuff, fake electronics, assorted
pharmaceuticals some of which had expired and poisonous,
laboratory equipment, motor-vehicle spare parts, construction
materials, alcoholic drinks, counterfeit cigarettes, motor-cycle
tubes, energy saving bulbs, cables and sex toys.