Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officials have made another shocking discovery of massive illegally imported goods. The authority said the 20 more containers of contraband sugar which were found at Autoport Container Freight Station are linked to Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho.
Grace Wandera, who is the Marketing and Communication deputy commissioner, revealed that the batch of goods, which reportedly consist of floor sanding machines and related hardware tools, have an estimated tax value of Sh36 million.
Grace noted that Kenya Revenue Authority officials investigating the station alleged that the sugar was shipped from Brazil.
Commenting on the recent discovery, on Wednesday, she added that KRA officials also saw a 40-foot container with 135 drums of a liquid product suspected to be ethanol, with a tax value of about Sh11 million.
Customs and Border Control commissioner Julius Musyoki, spoke on the new findings at Hassan Joho Depot, hinting that more examination will be carried on the shipment.
He assures of handing over the illegal goods to the government for ruination if after assessment, the goods are officially confirmed to have contraband items.
The contents of this containers, will also be destroyed as part of our measures to curb this practice.
We are also in pursuit of listed importers who we shall be seeking to arraign in court.
Recall that in January this year, Autoport and Portside CFSs, were shut down. Joho’s family which owns these firms, is blamed for allegedly sneaking into the country multimillion-shilling illegal goods.
This was after President Uhuru Kenyatta issued an executive directive for its destruction, and even presided over the destruction of contraband rice, ethanol and sugar that CFSs had cleared.
Hassan Joho (Mombasa) decried Jubilee’s moves, accused it of trying to blackmail him into supporting to the Jubilee-Government
Opposition leader, Raila Odinga, on hearing the directives for the closure of container freight terminals associated with the family of Hassan Joho, also slammed Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration. He accuses the leadership of borrowing KANU-era way of oppressing opposition.