A man charged for being in possession of uncustomed ethanol has been sentenced to one year in prison by a Kibera Court
Senior Resident Magistrate Charles Mwaniki sentenced Joseph Mwangi to a one year jail term or a fine of KSh250,000 after he pleaded guilty to the charges.
Possession of uncustomed goods is punishable as per the East African Community Customs Management Act 2004 with “imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to a fine equal to fifty percent of the dutiable value of the goods involved.”
According to the DCI, Mwangi, 32, was intercepted in Ruaka area, Kiambu County by officers from the Special Service Unit.
Mwangi was in possession of 25 drums of ethanol, carefully concealed and disguised as packages of maize.
“The drums that were full to the brim with the chemical compound, had been carefully loaded into a lorry that he was driving and concealed using 50 sacks of maize, to create a false impression that he was transporting maize,” DCI said.