Two people have been charged in Lodwar for smuggling sugar and beer worth KShs. 924,513 in taxes from Uganda.
The two, Catherine Aninkoi and Nicodemus Ekeno appearing before Lodwar court Senior Principal Magistrate M. Mwangi were both jointly charged with importing restricted goods and that of conveying uncustomed goods both contrary to the East African Community Customs Management Act 2004.
The two were arrested at Nadapal in Kaitese area in Lodwar on April 22nd, 2021 after Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officers intercepted their lorry while carrying 150 bags of sugar branded Mayuge each weighing 50kg each and 400 crates of beer branded Senator Lager of 500ml.
The bags of sugar had been imported without import document and the bottles of Senator beer had been imported without the requisite licence or without being registered by the KRA Customs.
The two traders pleaded not guilty to the offences and were released on bond of KShs. 800,000 or alternative bail of KShs.200,000.
The case will be heard on June 6th , 2021.
Sugar and beer are restricted goods whose imports into the Country is regulated by relevant Government agencies, which require importers to obtain licences before importation. Importers avoid obtaining relevant documents in order to evade payment of taxes.
KRA is committed to ensuring that trade operations are only carried out by traders who abide by the laid down legislations and tax policies.