Lux­ury cars smug­gled from UK in ‘bi­cy­cle’ con­tain­ers

A syn­di­cate trans­port­ing them to Uganda said the con­tainer had cheap ve­hi­cles

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - PA­TRICK VIDIJA @vidi­jap­atrick

The Kenya Rev­enue Author­ity yes­ter­day seized two Range Rover cars at the Port of Mombasa val­ued at more than Sh24 mil­lion in the lat­est bust of a tax eva­sion syn­di­cate.

The cars were hid­den in a 40-foot con­tainer from the United King­dom, to­gether with two cheaper cars – a Toy­ota Corolla and a Peu­geot.

KRA re­gional man­ager Ni­cholas Kinoti said the ve­hi­cles were reg­is­tered as des­tined for Uganda.

The con­sign­ment had been de­clared as con­tain­ing bi­cy­cles, which were also part of the cargo.

Kinoti said the lost taxes would have amounted to more than Sh15 mil­lion.

A Ugan­dan na­tional iden­ti­fied as An­drew Kagambo is be­ing sought over the at­tempted smug­gling.

Kinoti said the con­tainer ar­rived at Mombasa on Septem­ber 5.

“We are con­duct­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions in­volv­ing dif­fer­ent agen­cies with the aim of ap­pre­hend­ing in­di­vid­u­als be­hind the smug­gling of con­tain­ers. These are well-co­or­di­nated car­tels that re­quire col­lab­o­ra­tion among na­tions to ar­rest them,” he said.

Kinoti said the UK gov­ern­ment is work­ing with Kenyan au­thor­i­ties to stop the car­tels.

This comes a few months af­ter Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta in­structed IG Joseph Boin­net to elim­i­nate car­tels op­er­at­ing at the port.

KRA has in re­cent months also seized huge con­sign­ments of sugar im­ported il­le­gally, and cars con­cealed as cheaper cargo to evade tax.

KENYA IS WORK­ING WITH THE UNITED KING­DOM TO STOP THE CAR­TELS

PHOTO / JOHN CHESOLI

/JOHN CHESOLI

KRA of­fi­cials inspect a Range Rover at the Mombasa port yes­ter­day. Two Range Rovers im­ported from the UK were al­legedly de­clared as cheap cars and bi­cy­cles

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