Police and NACADA nab counterfeit beer in West Pokot

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Officers at the scene in West Pokot County
Officers at the scene in West Pokot County

Police and NACADA officials in Kapenguria impounded a lorry carrying a total of 486 crates of beer from Uganda. West Pokot sub county deputy county commissioner Mr. Khaliff  Abdulai said the lorry was operating in Kenya illegally and was carrying crates of counterfeit beer, specifically Pilsner, Tusker, and Guinness sneaked into the country.

He added that the beer bottles didn’t have the Kenya Bureau of Standards mark and were not customized, making them unfit for human consumption.

Furthermore, he said the vehicle had no insurance cover and they suspect the number plate is fake. “We’ve made efforts to contact the Kenya Revenue Authority to establish the authenticity of the registration number,” he said “The lorry driver, Rotich Rotino, is in police custody and will appear in Court after we complete our investigation.”

Kapenguria OCPD Anthony Wanjuu said the lorry was nabbed within Makutano township from Uganda and was headed to central Pokot sub county, adding that the beer wasn’t meant to be exported.

He said they are conducting patrols along the Kenya-Uganda border citing that there are so many contraband goods which are imported into the County. Wanjuu noted that contraband goods are a threat to the Kenyan economy because they are not taxed and Kenyans are consuming the products, not knowing the harmful effects they’ll face.