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Sh8.5bn fake goods seized in six months: agency - 4 months ago, 12 Oct 09:10

By: Fadhili Fredrick

Counterfeit goods cumulatively valued at Sh8.5 billion have been seized by government agencies from May to October, Anti-Counterfeit Agency (ACA) Chief Executive Officer Elema Halake has said.

Mr Halake said ACA has seized counterfeit goods worth Sh1.8 billion and charged more than 200 suspected criminals in its contribution in the fight against illicit trade.

Most of the goods seized were household appliances, foodstuffs, motor vehicle spare parts, cooking gas, cigarettes and textiles, Mr Halake said.

He was addressing the media on Thursday at PrideInn Hotel in Diani during a workshop on combating counterfeit goods.

He said the government under the multi-agency framework has heightened the war against counterfeits to insulate Kenyans from harm that may arise from the use of such commodities.

"The counterfeit and illicit goods are not only dangerous to people’s health but also affect the business of local manufacturers," he explained.

"We are here under multi-agency framework against illicit trade to reach ...
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