By Donald Kogai
A truck driver was arrested and arraigned at
Busia Law Court before Senior Resident
Magistrate Ms. Phoebe Kulecho and charged
with counts, being in possession of
ethanol worth Kshs. 12 million.
Peter Lawrence Mwangi, was
also accused of transporting restricted goods
contrary to Section 199 of the East African
Community Customs Management Act
(EACCMA), 2004 and concealment of imported
goods contrary to Section 202(a) of the
Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officers based
at Busia One-Stop Border Post (OSBP) arrested
the suspect during a routine verification
process and impounded two trucks ferrying
goods from Uganda.
The trucks with registration number KBU 336Q/
ZD0532 and T934ACJ/T801ASW AC921B were
each carrying 72 drums containing 250 litres of
ethanol packed in 144 drums and concealed in
43 bags of maize packed in each truck.
He was arrested after he presented
himself to the KRA officers as the driver of the
truck KBU 336Q/ZD0532. The other truck driver
and the consignees are at large and are being
sought by Detectives .
Mr. Mwangi was released on bond of
500,000 with one surety after pleading not
guilty pending hearing on 21st April 2020.
Kenya Revenue Authority stepped up border
surveillance at all
ports of entry to curb incidents of smuggling.
Multi-agency collaborations and intelligence
sharing has been enhanced to curb illicit trade.