Smuggling Across Kenya-Somali Border Thrives Despite Embargo

Lapses in the law, coupled with porous border points, has seen the continuing smuggling of fish and a stimulant, miraa, between Somalia and Kenya, despite a trade ban implemented by the Kenyan government in June, 2019. The ban was a measure to contain human trafficking, terror merchants and the smuggling of contraband. According to Lamu County Commissioner, Irungu Macharia, authorities are aware that miraa traders and fishermen are crossing into Somalia to sell their goods through Kiunga and Ishakani border points, writes Kalume Kazungu for The Nation.


Kenya Navy officers rescuing fishermen whose dhows capsized at Mlango wa Bomani in Kiunga, Lamu East (file photo).

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