MACHAKOS, Kenya, (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday
evening witnessed the destruction of illicit goods worth 15
million U.S. dollars as the east African nation intensified
fight against counterfeits and contraband.
The destroyed items
included cars, an array of foodstuff, fake electronics,
laboratory equipment, motor-vehicle spare parts, construction
materials, alcoholic drinks, counterfeit cigarettes, motor-cycle
tubes, energy saving bulbs, cables and sex toys.
“We shall destroy
all illicit goods and deal firmly with all corrupt individuals,”
Kenyatta warned during the destruction in Athi River, about 40km
east of Nairobi.
Kenyatta warned that
the current war against corruption, contraband, counterfeits and
all forms of economic crimes will not be derailed as he
cautioned politicians to stop politicizing the crackdown.
individuals will go to jail without compromise. But due process
of the law will be followed so that those who think they have
been wrongly accused can demonstrate their innocence and be
vindicated,” he said.
The president said
he will neither be scared, threatened or side-tracked in his
current determination to rid the country of corruption and
economic crimes, warning that no corrupt individual will be
spared irrespective of their real or perceived seniority in
Analysts said the
torching of the contraband and counterfeit goods is a major
victory in the ongoing crackdown on illicit trade which costs
huge sums of money in lost revenue from evaded tax since most of
the products are sneaked into the country with the connivance of
unethical public servants.
The team that
consists of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and the
multi-agency team handling illicit trade have engaged in a
rigorous nationwide crackdown on illicit trade and contrabands.
Kenyatta said the
team has so far been able to nab and destroy contraband goods
worth over 74 million dollars.