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Unclaimed Cargo at Mombasa Port Auctioned

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Unclaimed Cargo at Mombasa Port Auctioned

BY ALLAN TAWAI

Consignments worth millions of shillings were auctioned on Wednesday at the port of Mombasa after importers failed to meet duty payment to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

KRA deputy commissioner in charge of Southern Region Nicholas Kinoti said the miscellaneous goods were auctioned after the importers failed to collect their cargo.

Speaking at Customs Warehouse at the port of Mombasa on Wednesday during the auction Kinoti said they gave the importers a 30-day notice for them to pay the required duty but they failed to do so.

“It is important for importers to pay duty when their goods arrive at the port of Mombasa. If they fail to do so, the KRA is mandated to auction the goods to generate revenue,” he added.

The KRA official called on Kenyans to participate in the auctions.

The cargo, which went under the hammer included vehicles, household items, electrical appliances, travelling bags and washing machines.

He noted that another auction would take place on January 17.

The KRA official said some cargo could not be auctioned as they were still being held for verification or waiting valuation.

Some goods, which were considered expensive by buyers, he added, are awaiting devaluation approval from the authorities ahead of the second auction exercise this month.

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“An auctioneer has been brought from Nairobi in a bid to ensure transparency in the auction goods. We want to ensure that the process is fair to all bidders,” he added.

In the previous auction, he added, the Kenya Revenue Authority sold off goods worth Sh100 million.

A Mombasa businessman Bipin Narandas said this year’s auction was transparent as the bidders were given an opportunity to openly bid for the goods of their choice.

“In the previous auctioneering, there used to be numerous complaints of favouritism, but this time around, the exercise was conducted fairly,” he said.

However, the businessman called on the Kenya Bureau of Standards to fast track verification of the authenticity of cargo to enable the owners collect them on time.

“The Kenya Bureau of Standards should speed up the verification of foods and medicine to prevent them from going bad,” he said.

He said importers of foods and medicine end up sustaining huge losses after the commodities go to waste due to authentication delays.

 

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Patient dies after ambulance veers off the road

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An on board patient died after an ambulance belonging to Kirinyaga County veered off the road and landed in a ditch on Friday evening.

The accident reportedly occurred near Shell Petrol Station at JMB on the Kerugoya-Kutus road.

The ambulance driver is said to have been overtaking a saloon car on his way to Kerugoya Hospital.

According to Isaac Kiragu, a Good Samaritan who was among the first responders, the patient in the ambulance died on the scene.

Four other people, including the driver, were seriously injured.

Barely 30 minute after the ambulance accident, another accident occurred at the very same spot involving a matatu and a Toyota Fielder.

According to Benjamin Maganjo, who witnessed the accident, one person was seriously injured and he rushed him to Kerugoya Hospital

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Kenyan female bodybuilder wins coveted women’s championship title

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Female bodybuilder, Evelyn Owala, has put Kenya on the world map for the second time this year after winning the coveted Women Bodybuilding 2019 Championship title in Angola.

Owala was awarded the title by the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) on Saturday.

Her latest victory follows the two trophies she scooped during the annual Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival held in South Africa in May.

Owala, a personal fitness trainer and proprietor of Eveal Health and Fitness, took to social media to share the news about her victory with her Instagram fans.

“To all the people who keep asking if they are good enough; YES, YOU ARE! You are seasoned for the season! African championship wellness 1st place,” she wrote.

She went on to thank her support team.

“In my country, there exists good people, people like my better half who puts up with my prep sunny and dull days but still kisses me on the forehead and says, it is ok,” she added.

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In my country, there exists good people, people like my better half @carlmc79 who puts up with my prep sunny and dull days, but still kisses me on the fore head and says,it is ok. People like my siblings who go out of their way to let me be, and support me where they actually don’t even understand what it means. People like @adnan_empiree who find it in their heart to go out of their way to partially sponsor a passion. A company like @usnkenya who knows what an athlete needs. A federation that is ready to assist athletes step on stage in different places in the world. @kenyabodybuildingfederation A community of Evealians led by my one and only @lucynfit . I just want to say THANK YOU! THANK YOU to everyone who has been of support! . My coaches @personalandretorres and @dennisspinfit one meal at a time, one rep at a time, God has favoured us! . . @usnsa @usnkenya @usnuk @usncz #USNtransformationchallenge #celebritytrainer #addictedtoiron #bodybuilding #divasnlifters #GAINS #restday #fitchicksalsoglam #usnkenya #usnfit #bluelabwhey #poweredbyusnkenya #teamUSN #kenyangirls #bikinibody #figurecompetitor. #figureathlete #fitchickdiaries #fitness #strength #beautyinthebeast #beautyandthebeast #Mskenyafigure

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Owala quit her banking career to pursue her passion of keeping fit.

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Kenya’s athletics fraternity mourns the death of track legend Robert Ouko

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Kenya’s athletics fraternity is mourning the death of track legend Robert Gwaro Ouko who died on Sunday night at his Ngong home.

Ouko, who died aged 70, was a member of Kenya’s 4×400 metres relay team that won gold at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

Ouko’s death leaves two surviving members of that famous quartet – Charles Asati and Hezekiah Nyamao.

The other team member, Julius Sang, died on April 9, 2004.

Ouko’s body is laying at Umash Mortuary in Nairobi.

Asati mourned his former Olympics team mate who he said died a neglected man.

“It’s sad that we have been neglected and Ouko died suffering. But we thank God each morning that we wake up because it is He who keeps us going,” said Asati, 73, from his Kisii home.

The family of the deceased is yet to release details of Ouko’s burial arrangement.

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