Mombasa cops talk tough after finding five containers with contraband
11 months ago, 7 Dec 18:24
Multiagency detectives have seized five 40-foot containers with contraband goods at the Port of Mombasa. The containers were found at different CFSs by officers who started trailing importers of the cargo for evading tax amounting to millions of shillings. One of the officers, who sought anonymity, said the owners of the container freight stations were summoned and that they wrote statements. "The suspects are taking advantages of the festive season and are said to be well known and connected to commissioners. Once arrestedm they end up receiving threats from the bosses," the source said. “Our work has become hard-hitting. We receive threats from senior commissioners after seizing the goods but we only fear God." The contraband is said to have been imported on diverse dates from China. One of the containers had fake Gucci and Lacoste shoes. They will all be inspected keenly to verify processes and their contents. Among what officers said was imported last week were primary school text books, ingredients, reputable wines and ink toners. Ibrahim Bulle, who is Chief Anti-counterfeit inspector for Mombasa, said he was now aware of threats but noted the culprits will be arrested "no matter what". “It doesn’t matter how powerful or connected one is. This is the law...we can’t risk our jobs because of thieves who evade taxes." Bulle added that even President Uhuru Kenyatta was clear on the war on graft when he addressed the nation at the Port during the commissioning of the second container terminal. “We are under instructions...we can’t risk our job because of a few individuals...that can’t happen."
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