On Friday evening, President Uhuru Kenyatta witnessed the destruction of illicit goods worth Sh 1.5 billion including 149 motor vehicles.
The cars which were worth over Sh 71 million were destroyed alongside other general merchandise. On the destruction list included an array of foodstuff, fake electronics, and assorted pharmaceuticals some of which were expired and poisonous.
Also destroyed in the operation were laboratory equipment and motor-vehicle spare parts, construction materials, alcoholic drinks, counterfeit cigarettes, motorcycle tubes, energy saving bulbs, cables and sex toys all estimated at over Sh 165 million.
The foodstuff included 124 bags of sugar in 50 kg bags, 188 bags of rice in 25 kg bags, cooking oil and assorted juices.
The President sent a strong message that the current war against corruption, impunity, contraband, counterfeits and all forms of economic crimes will not be derailed as he cautioned politicians to stop politicising the crackdown.
“All corrupt individuals will go to jail without compromise. But due process of the law will be followed so that those who think they have been wrongly accused can demonstrate their innocence and be vindicated,” said the Head of State.
The President told all senior managers in government institutions to carry their own crosses whenever nabbed in corrupt dealings.
President Kenyatta appealed to the 47 governors across the country to follow his example and rid the counties of corruption.
The destruction of the contraband merchandise was done at the East African Portland Cement Grounds in Athi-River, Machakos County.