Con­clude your work, Marwa tells scam probe team at Mom­basa port

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Coast re­gional co­or­di­na­tor Nel­son Marwa (pic­tured) yes­ter­day urged the multi-agency team in­ves­ti­gat­ing a syn­di­cate of con­tainer theft at the Mom­basa port to con­clude its job.

The multi-agency team com­prises of­fi­cials from Kenya Rev­enue Au­thor­ity, Kenya Ports Au­thor­ity, Direc­torate of Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and Na­tional Se­cu­rity In­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers. It is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the al­leged dis­ap­pear­ance of con­tain­ers. Marwa spoke dur­ing the of­fi­cial launch of the 2016 Tax­pay­ers Month at Forodha House, Mom­basa. He said pro­vi­sional re­ports in­di­cate more than 120 con­tain­ers went miss­ing.

“The bat­tle is not yet over. I’m con­cerned if not dis­turbed by the re­cent events at the port,” Marwa said in a speech read on his be­half by Mom­basa county com­mis­sioner Evans Achoki. He said the re­port will help bring cul­prits to book. “I wish to di­rect all agen­cies rep­re­sented at the port to in­ten­sify their col­lab­o­ra­tion. This is the only way to win the war against sup­ply chain se­cu­rity chal­lenges,” Marwa said.

In Au­gust, the Kenya Rev­enue Au­thor­ity un­earthed a tax eva­sion scam at the port, in­volv­ing fraud­u­lent clear­ance of cargo that leads to rev­enue losses. Sev­eral KRA and KPA of­fi­cials have been ar­rested and charged in court with con­spir­acy to evade tax through ir­reg­u­lar clear­ance of con­tain­ers. Po­lice of­fi­cers have been found to be part of the car­tel. KRA Com­mis­sioner-Gen­eral John Nji­raini said the scheme was dis­cov­ered when Cus­toms of­fi­cials were rec­on­cil­ing con­tain­ers meant for auc­tion.

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