Government destroys counterfeit goods worth Kshs 13.5m in Eldoret

Written By: Claire Wanja
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Staff from the Anti Counterfeit Agency demonstrate how to differentiate fake illicit goods from genuine goods.
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The Multi-Agency Task Force on Illicit Trade has Saturday destroyed counterfeit goods worth over Ksh.13.3 million at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital incinerator in Eldoret.

“Today’s destruction of counterfeits here in Eldoret coincides with the onset of the short rain season and the cropping season. Farmers across the country have great expectations as they till and prepare their land for the next season. It is also a season where we see a growth in sales of counterfeit seeds, fertilizer, pesticides, and every other item related to the planting season including farm machinery, noted Mrs. Flora Mutahi, the Chairperson of the Anti-Counterfeit Agency Board of Directors.

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The destruction of goods in Eldoret is part of ongoing efforts by ACA and other partners to raise awareness on the impact of illicit trade and counterfeit goods to the economy.

In the last 3 months, ACA has seized goods suspected to be counterfeits worth Ksh.512,398,285.00;while the total worth of goods awaiting destruction amounts to Ksh.149,856,984.00.

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‘’By burning these products, it is my hope that we are sending the right message to our investors. Kenya is your destination of choice for investment. We also want to send a strong warning to the economic saboteurs that we will not condone trade in illegal goods in this country,’’ noted Dr.Chris Kiptoo, the PS Trade during the event.

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Over the past few months, through the Multi-Agency Task Force on Illicit Trade, awareness and enforcement at the entry points has been enhanced, with satellite offices now operational at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and Inland Container Depot (ICD) Nairobi; while the offices at Mombasa, Kisumu and Eldoret are also being strengthened as they serve the Kilindini Port, Eldoret Airport and Busia Border posts.

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The illicit goods were destroyed to kick off the North Rift campaign on illicit trade.

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