Homa bay county security personnel on Thursday destroyed contraband liquor worth over Sh 2 million and 85 rolls of bhang at Mbita Sub County headquarters.
The police seized the liquor Thursday during a multiagency operation in Remba, Mfangano and Rigiti Islands that involved officials from the National NACADA, KEBS, KRA and public health officers.
Addressing the press at Mbita sub county headquarters, Homa Bay county commissioner Samson Irungu said the liquor were in 168 crates of assorted beer, bottled drinking water, 3100 sachets of alcohol and 85 rolls of bhang.
Irungu added that no suspects were arrested during the crackdown as they all escaped as soon as they realized that the teams were within their vicinity.
We cannot continue keeping these products here and the current policy of the government is when we seize such goods, we destroy them there and then, unless we have a suspect, said Irungu.
The administrator however expressed concerns over the increased smuggling of contraband products from Uganda through Lake Victoria.
At the same time,Irungu said the trade of such goods is creating unfair competition to the traders who retail licensed alcohol, adding that the government is losing out in terms of revenue collection.
We want to tell those unscrupulous businessmen who are stocking such products, if you are in Kenya, you are supposed to be selling goods that are allowed to be sold in Kenya, not goods from the neighbouring country, whose duty has not been paid, whose prices are too low thereby giving unfair competition to local liquor operators, added Irungu.
NACADA officer, Shelmith Ndung’u, who accompanied the County Commissioner in the crackdown,cautioned business people to only retail licensed alcohol.
From today we will destroy illegal alcohol on site and anyone found to be stocking such products will be prosecuted as fast as possible, said Irungu.
This comes two weeks after contraband alcohol worth Sh 3 million was impounded at the home of a businessman in Oyugis town, Homa Bay County by the same interagency team.
Source: Kenya News Agency