The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: KPA Calls for Fight Against Illegal Goods

THERE is a need for cooperation between government agencies and port players to curb shipment and imports of contraband goods through Mombasa port.

KPA operations general manager Twalib Khamis said most containers going through the facility are sealed away from the port. Some pass the scanning system undetected.

This follows Monday's seizure of eight containers with 200 tonnes of copper ore at the port on transit to China. Speaking during the seizure, Twalib attributed the impounding of the copper to cooperation between government's agencies.

"We must share intelligence to ensure the port is secure," said Khamis.

Smuggled goods impounded at the port on different occasions include illegal ivory from the East and Central Africa region, narcotic drugs, counterfeit goods like cigarettes, industrial materials, electric materials, cosmetics and food.

Mining Secretary Najib Balala called for the installation of more modern scanning machines at the port. The port has only two scanners.

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