The Kenya Association of Manufacturers has raised the red flag over the alarming increase in the quantity of contraband goods in the country since the year began.
The Association claims those manning Kenya’s porous borders are solely responsible for the proliferation of the contraband goods.
This coming two days after the Kenya Private Sector Alliance called on the National Assembly to enact legislation that would encourage the buying of local products to cushion local firms from the sale of smuggled goods.
The recent weeks have seen the government intensify the war against contraband goods with a multi-agency team conducting impromptu raids and seizing tones of contraband sugar and cooking oil.
Stakeholders have praised the purge on smuggled goods which they however was long overdue owing to the fact that illicit and contraband goods make up for fifty two percent of the goods in the market.
The Kenya Manufacturers Association is now pointing fingers at those manning Kenya’s porous borders for the upsurge of the contraband goods in the market.
The Association has called on the government to scale up the raids in the port of Mombasa and other warehouses countrywide where more consignments of illegal imports are stored.
The association also wants the government to review power tariffs terming it a major hindrance to local manufacturing.