Government to destroy 880 tonnes of illicit Brazilian sugar impounded in Mombasa...

Government to destroy 880 tonnes of illicit Brazilian sugar impounded in Mombasa Port.

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KRA General Commissioner John Njiraini (left) with officials from Ethics & Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) in Mombasa.

The elicit sugar and ethanol worth millions of shillings intercepted in Mombasa Port on Friday have been forfeited to the state and top government officials say the sugar valued at kshs 56 million will be destroyed.

Top officials from both Kenya Revenue Authority and Ethics & Anti-Corruption Commission led by KRA Commissioner General John Njiraini told journalists in Mombasa that the 39 containers stuffed with sugar imports from Brazil had been concealed, disguised and declared as hardware material, whole lentils, photocopier, office furniture, new shoes and dried grapes.

In a joint press conference at a CFS zone in Mombasa the KRA boss and EACC Executive Secretary and CEO Halakhe Waqo said the containers were for discharge at various Container Freight Stations primarily Auto Port, Focus and Mombasa Container Terminal, reportedly in transit to neighboring countries.

“Sugar is a protected and highly sensitive commodity which requires an import permit by the Sugar Regulatory Authority. It attracts 100% duty over and above other levies”, said in their joint statement.

Also held at the port of Mombasa were 64 Containers of Ethanol with a revenue implication of Kshs.288 million.

The containers with ethanol were intercepted between October and December 2015. The ethanol had been imported by unlicensed excise manufacturers.

KRA and EACC jointly say all the tax evaders and their agents will be prosecuted for committing economic crimes, and the containers of sugar and Ethanol forfeited to the government for destroying.

Also put on notice were people collaborating with perpetrators of fraud in the Customs processes.

For many years Kenya has been struggling to eliminate elicit alcohol that has destroyed lives of many young Kenyans who are subsequently unable to contribute to the economic growth of the country.