In a bid to counter illicit trade in Kenya, the government has destroyed counterfeit goods worth Ksh100 million in Changamwe, Mombasa earlier this month.
Anti-Counterfeit Authority Chairperson, Florah Mutahi reportedly said that the counterfeits goods destroyed were goods meant for the fight against COVID-19 pandemic valued at Ksh25 Million confiscated from unscrupulous traders.
Ms Mutahi reportedly said that there is need to strengthening the border points as 70 percent of the counterfeit’s goods emanated from outside the country.
According to Mutahi, strengthening prosecutions as well as engaging in public awareness on the dangers of counterfeits is necessary to safeguard the lives of the citizenry.
Mutahi reportedly said that the government is working towards zero tolerance to counterfeits and illegal goods in the country. Mutahi added that manufacturing is one of the big four agendas which is supposed to contribute 15 percent of the country’s GDP noting that the unfortunate trend where counterfeits contribute more than local manufacturing leads to detriment of local industries.
Mutahi reportedly said that counterfeit goods worth Ksh125 billion have been destroyed since formation of the multi-agency team in 2018 compared to the Ksh 1.4 billion in the previous five years before its formation.
Mutahi reportedly said that Kenya had been losing over 1700 jobs annually to counterfeits, with manufacturers complaining over 40 percent of the local market is taken by counterfeit products.
Coast Regional Commissioner, John Elungata said security agencies in the coast region will play their role in eliminating importation of counterfeits through the borders and the ports.