The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has destroyed illicit excisable goods valued at KSh1 billion.
The goods were seized from various traders in Nairobi and surrounding counties. They were being sold in contravention of various regulations as provided for under the Excise Duty Act. KRA says they could have led to loss of over KSh400 million in taxes.
The products were destroyed at Stoni Athi, Kajiado County. They include 379,760 bottles of spirits, 60 drums of raw spirit, 35,615 bottles of beer, 11,000 bottles of wine and 197,000 packets of cigarettes.
A multi-agency team comprising of Kenya Bureau of Standards, National Environment Management Authority, NACADA and the Interior Ministry had also seized rolls of counterfeit excise stamps. These too were destroyed.
“Illicit trade not only poses unfair competition to legally trading products in the market but also pose potential health hazards to unsuspecting consumers,” said the tax man in a statement.