The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has smashed a tax evasion racket perpetrated by unscrupulous businessmen.
The racket involves the importation of high value motor vehicles, declared as personal effects and household goods.
The KRA officials based at the port of Mombasa, last week seized two (2) Range Rover and one (1) Mercedes Benz vehicles, valued at Kshs. 28million and with an estimated tax value of Kshs. 8.5million
The vehicles were concealed in a cargo container, loaded with baby walkers and used mattresses, earlier shipped from the United Kingdom.
This, would have caused the government to lose Kshs. 8.5million in tax revenue.
The importer, Mr. Saidar Muteweta of London (UK) had declared the goods as personal effects and household goods which were destined to a consignee in Uganda, a Mr. Abubakari Sekimwanyi.
All the three motor vehicles are currently detained at the Customs Warehouse for safe custody.
KRA is liaising with the relevant agencies such as Interpol, Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and Regional Intelligence Liaisons Office (RILO) as part of an elaborate investigative effort.
Meanwhile, KRA officials over the weekend identified yet another container whose preliminary investigations, indicate that the declaration does not conform to the scanned images.
According to manifest details submitted to KRA, Container No. HLBU1231204 allegedly contains household goods and personal effects, whilst the scanned image appears to be of a luxury motor vehicle.
This particular container arrived at the port two weeks ago from the UK in transit to Uganda. The supplier is a Mr. Ronnie Musisi, while the consignee is a Mr. Robert Musisi.
This container shall be subjected to 100% verification in due course as KRA reiterates, its commitment to curtail illicit trade through all the points of entry.