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Thursday, 30 Jun 2016 12:06 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Goods worth more than Sh58 million were destroyed by the Anti-Counterfeit Authority in Athi River Town on Monday. The event was held at Enviro Safe Limited in the Export Process Zone (EPZ).
The anti-counterfeit authority’s deputy executive director Agnes Karingu told reporters that the goods destroyed included an assortment clothes, contraband sugar, mobile phones, sugar, music instruments, shoes, paints and electronics.
The director said the goods were seized from unscrupulous businessmen operating around Nairobi. She said a number of businessmen were being prosecuted by the agency with counterfeiting charges, over goods whose value is estimated at Sh806 million.
She also disclosed that the agency had seized and destroyed counterfeit goods valued at more than Sh1.4 billion and arrested 530 people nationally since its creation four years ago. During the same period, goods valued at more than Sh665 million, which were initially impounded as being counterfeit, have been returned to their owners either because they were found to be genuine or the anti-counterfeit agency court cases over the goods.
She said the agency had opened new regional offices in Kisumu, Eldoret and Garissa and has plans to open others in Malaba and Namanga border towns by end of 2017/18 financial year.