In Summary
  • Mr Ipara said the goods are suspected to have originated from a neighbouring country.
  • The bus was driven to Turbo Sub-County police headquarters for a further search
  • Mr Ipara said it was established that some of the goods were counterfeit, contraband and expired.

Police in Eldoret have impounded a bus ferrying assorted goods suspected to have been brought into the country illegally.

Confirming the incident, Uasin Gishu County Police Commander Johnston Ipara said the goods were seized Wednesday night at a roadblock in Maili Nne along the Eldoret-Webuye road.

The impounded goods which were packed in 33 bags included telecom cables, textiles and cosmetics among others whose value is yet to be established.

Mr Ipara said the goods are suspected to have originated from a neighbouring country.

NO PASSENGERS

“Our officers who were manning a roadblock at Maili Nne flagged down the bus which was transporting these goods. Upon searching the bus they found it was transporting the said goods instead of passengers,” said Mr Ipara.

The bus was driven to Turbo Sub-County police headquarters in Eldoret for a further search by a multi-agency team comprising officials from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Anti Counterfeit Agency and Kenya Bureau of Standards.

Police and KRA officers offloaded the goods for further inspection and costing.

"Our officers in conjunction with the multi-agency teams are doing further inspection to establish how much the government could have lost in terms of revenue through tax evasion,” said Mr Ipara

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