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Sh40m high-end vehicles concealed as household goods impounded – VIDEO

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Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officers on Tuesday seized three high-end vehicles worth Sh40 million which had been concealed as household goods at the Port of Mombasa.

The vehicles, which included two Range Rovers and a Mercedes Benz, were seized following an intensified crackdown on the importation of contraband goods.

The container had been declared as containing personal and household effects but during verification at the container Freight Station (CFS) it was found to have actually been loaded with the vehicles.

“On July 30, 2019, Customs Enforcement Southern Region received scanner alert pointing towards mis-declaration of a 40-foot container,” KRA said in a statement.

“The container which had been declared to contain personal and household effects were inspected non-intrusively using the Customs X ray scanner in Mombasa. The scanner image revealed that the contents of the container were three high-end motor vehicles, inconsistent with the declaration.”

The manifest showed the consignor for the cargo is in United Kingdom, while the consignee is in Kampala, Uganda.

PHOTO | COURTESY OF NTV
PHOTO | COURTESY OF NTV

KRA officers believe the vehicles were stolen from the United Kingdom.

“Kenya Revenue Authority is working in partnership with the local and international investigation and enforcement agents including the National Intelligence Service (NIS), the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the Kenyan and International Police (Interpol) to get to the root of the syndicate,” KRA further said.

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This is not the first time containers declared to be containing household goods have turned out to be carrying high end vehicles.

In June 2019, KRA intercepted two high-end motor vehicles at the Port of Mombasa suspected to have been stolen from the United Kingdom.

According to import documents, the Range Rover Sport cars, which were subject of an international motor vehicle crime and smuggling investigation, were on transit to Uganda.

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Petitioners in court to stop building of ksh65 billion JKIA-Westlands expressway

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Two Nairobi residents presented a petition in court on Tuesday wanting to block a planned construction of a multi-billion-shilling expressway from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to Westlands.

Rhoda Aoko and Henry Shitanda, the two petitioners, stated there was no public participation as required by the law terming the project as illegal.

“The project as it stands is founded on illegality and contravenes the fundamental principles and national values of the constitution of Kenya of transparency, openness, the involvement of the people and public participation,” reads court papers.

They further explain that everything on the project from the design negotiations, structures, and planning of the highway were not shared in an open manner and there was no public participation.

Aoko and Shitanda have accused the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) of not responding to their letter dated November 21st, 2019.

The two say the agency ignored their letter where they were requesting KeNHA to conduct public participation and get people’s views on the plans.

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UK investors to develop 80,000 affordable houses in Kenya

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Investors from the United Kingdom have made a deal to construct 80,000 houses, which will be under President Kenyatta’s new affordable housing project.

The project to build the new housing units was finalized during the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit held in London last week, according to Housing Principal Secretary Charles Hinga.

“During the UK tour, we managed to get potential investors for 80,000 units, 30,000 of them under Nairobi Urban Renewal and 50,000 as rental units,” said Hinga.

At the summit, the Kenyan team by President Kenyatta made deals worth KSh170 billion. In a statement by the British High Commission in Nairobi, said the deals covered through housing, finance, renewables, and entrepreneurship “will create a new lasting partnership that will deliver more investment, jobs, and growth to Kenya.”

Through the National Affordable Housing Programme (AHP), Kenyatta’s government aims to construct 500,000 new units across the country by 2022.

The housing project, together with food security, universal healthcare, and manufacturing, are Kenyatta’s four main pillars that will build his legacy.

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