Driver, turn boy charged with KShs. 1.2 million ethanol smuggling

PRESS RELEASE 16/11/2021

A driver and turn boy have been charged before Nakuru law court with smuggling of ethanol worth KShs.1.2 million.

Walter Wawiye Dimbe (driver) and Francis Odhiambo (turn boy) appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate Hon Isaac Orenge where they faced two counts of being in possession of uncustomed goods and that of conveying of uncustomed goods both contrary to sections of the East African Community Customs Management Act (EACCMA), 2004.

The two accused persons were arrested on Thursday 11th November 2021 at around 5.30 pm when a white Mitsubishi FH was intercepted with a consignment containing 15 drums of 250 litres each of product suspected to be ethanol. The lorry originated from Busia in Kenya and was intercepted within Industrial area within Nakuru.

The suspected ethanol had been concealed in between 116 bags of ninety kilogrammes of porridge flour and five bags of ninety kilogrammes of simsim. The two had no authorisation documents for the suspect product in their possession.

The two denied the charges and were each released on a bond of Kshs 300,000 or a cash bail of KShs 150,000. The case will be mentioned on 30th November 2021.

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