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Politics President Kenyatta steps up fight against illicit trade following confiscation of fake morning-after pills

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Kenya is ranked among one of the largest markets for counterfeit goods in East Africa

play President Kenyatta steps up fight against illicit trade following confiscation of fake morning-after pills (Courtesy)

President Uhuru Kenyatta has stepped up the fight against counterfeit goods by appointing the Deputy Head of Public Service Wanyama Musiambu to head a taskforce that will work on bringing illicit trade to an end.

Speaking during a round table at State House, the president charged Mr Musiambu with the task of tackling the menace of fake business stickers, dumping and entry of counterfeit goods through all ports.

play President Uhuru Kenyatta has stepped up the fight against counterfeit goods by appointing the Deputy Head of Public Service Wanyama Musiambu to head a taskforce that will work on bringing illicit trade to an end (Courtesy)

 

President Kenyatta's declaration follows the recent confiscation of a consignment of the fake “morning-after” pills, commonly known as P2, at the Inland Container Depot in Embakasi in Nairobi.

The 31,000 pieces of the fake emergency contraceptive were nabbed together with other counterfeit materials including 51 designer purses and 4,000 electronics worth up to Sh25 million.

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The head-of-state has blamed corruption in authorities tasked to control import or dumping of fakes in the country for the infiltration of such goods adding that the vice has the potential to undermine his Big Four agenda.

The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) says illicit trade costs the country over Ksh 200 billion in revenue.

Kenya is ranked among one of the largest markets for counterfeit goods in East Africa, and serves as the distribution point.

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