Over 30, 000 counterfeit Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) stamps, 590Ml of ethanol and illicit brew were yesterday seized from an unlicensed distillery in Molo.
Two suspects were arrested in connection to the incident, following intelligence information, provided to the Multi-Agency team, that the suspects were packaging assorted second-generation alcohol into boxes.
Other items retrieved during the operation include; number plates, three boxes of bottle tops, assorted synthetic flavours, alcometer, measuring tube, among other items used to facilitate the alcohol production process.
The KRA and Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI), have consistently collaborated, with the support of other agencies in the Multi-Agency Taskforce (MAT) to deter corruption and other economic crimes. The fight against graft, includes a sustained action plan against illicit trade which includes illicit alcohol, smuggled sugar, among other items.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is keen on the war against graft, especially through collaborations within the MAT frameworks. Last year alone, KRA with the help of the MAT, destroyed illicit excisable products with a market value of Kshs.1 billion at Stoni Athi, Kajiado County, an action that reflected the fight against graft in illicit trade.
Illicit alcohol is sold against the provisions of the Excise Duty Act and various regulations; the Kshs. 1 billion worth of excisable products would have resulted to a loss of taxes worth over Kshs. 400 million.
The economy suffers losses in billions through unscrupulous deals that end up posing unfair competition to local traders. The agencies under MAT, including KRA, DCI ODPP, ARA have now heightened the war against corruption by implementing specific incentives and strategies that back up the fight and deter corrupt taxpayers.