By Ben Chumba
Six people have been arrested in Mombasa in connection with the sale of counterfeit soap worth two million shillings.
Anti-Counterfeit Agency coast regional Coordinator Ibrahim Bulle says the suspects had been selling the soap that could be toxic in residential areas of Mombasa.
The agency has also managed to nab over 2,800 pieces of other counterfeit products valued at five million shillings. These comprised skin care products, shoes, caps and motor vehicle spare parts
It is estimated that the economy loses over 80 billion shillings annually to counterfeits which also pose health and safety risks.
The fight against the vice has seen six suspects arrested in connection to the sale of counterfeit soaps valued at 2 million shillings to unsuspecting costumers at residential areas in Mombasa. Anti-Counterfeit Agency officials say this was made possible courtesy of a tip from the public.
Bulle says most of the counterfeit products are usually indicated at the Port of Mombasa as destined to neighboring countries but are then diverted back into the Kenyan market.
The Anti-Counterfeit Agency has also nabbed fake phones valued at 5.2 million shillings at Mwembe Tayari in Mombasa and apprehended six people in connection to the selling of the counterfeits handsets.
Kenyans are being encouraged to report cases of fake products to authorities to drive the fight against counterfeits.