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Nakuru liquor operation nets KRA stickers

The National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse Chairman and Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri on Sunday called for a thorough investigation into how a Nakuru-based liquor trader had 12.5 million Kenya Revenue Authority stickers in his home.

The stickers, worth millions of shillings, with the KRA stamp — usually placed on alcohol and cigarettes packaging as proof of payment of taxes —were recovered in the home’s garage at Engashura in Bahati constituency.

Some of the goods recovered in the garage of a house in Nakuru County on July 5, 2015

Some of the goods recovered in the garage of a house in Nakuru County on July 5, 2015

Mr Mututho said this was a clear case of genuine KRA stamps being issued to unscrupulous traders, adding that it was the first time they had recovered the material since the beginning of the operation against illicit alcohol.

The raid, also witnessed by Nakuru County Commissioner Mohamed Birik and area chiefs, saw the destruction of assorted bottles of liquor packaged in plastic and glass, with a few samples taken away for chemical analysis.

Mr Ngunjiri said the chiefs together with the area residents had provided information on the suspected illegal business.

“In most of the homes known to be conducting the business we found children who had been left by their parents. We have taken most of them with us as we believe they are not in a safe environment,” he said.

Mr Mututho said anti-counterfeit officers would assess the recovered KRA stamps with the manhunt for the trader and his KRA accomplice underway.

The Nacada boss said such businesses had led to huge revenue losses for the government.

“The stickers go for Sh300 per litre of alcoholic beverages sold. The fake stickers have helped such people to avoid paying tax but ‘charge’ the same to Kenyans,” said Mr Mututho.

Mr Birik said that some chiefs had received threats in connection to the operation but insisted they would not be intimidated.

“No amount of intimidation will hinder the operation and arrests will be made against anyone found guilty,” said Mr Birik.

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