Kenyan officials destroy contraband goods worth Sh4.5m from Somalia, Nation

Contraband goods worth Sh4.5 million, seized along Kenya-Somalia border a year ago, were destroyed by authorities Thursday at the Wajir dumpsite.

The assorted goods which included milk, sugar, and cooking oil among other items were burnt after a court order directing the destruction of the products.

The exercise comes only a few months after authorities destroyed another batch of smuggled goods valued at Sh4.9 million in the county.

Wajir East Deputy County Commissioner Omar Beja who oversaw the exercise said that the government won’t relent in their fight against illicit trade.


“About two months ago, we destroyed another batch of illegal products and we will continue to destroy such products so that people may understand that the government won’t tire in its fight against illegal businesses,” said Mr Beja.

Wajir County security team and multi-agency teams including officers from the Kenya Revenue Authority also witnessed the process.

Mr Beja added that smuggling of goods into the country continues to rob it of taxes, affecting the economy negatively, hence the need for tougher measures.


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