Police in dramatic chase, impound lorry ferrying contraband linked to top politician

The consignment was covered by omena to avoid detection

Detectives intercept lorry ferrying ethanol after chase in Naivasha

Controversy has emerged on a lorry that was impounded by police in Naivasha after a dramatic chase with the consignment being linked to a top politician in the country.

The Standard quoted a police source confirming that “The lorry was transporting ethanol, but I cannot talk much about it because it belongs to a top politician. They were covered by omena to avoid detection”.

The consignment, packed in several drums and concealed with bags of omena to avoid detection was being ferried from Western Kenya to Nairobi when it was intercepted at Kirengero along Nakuru-Subukia road and taken to Kirengero Police Station on Wednesday night at around 8:55 PM.

The Occurance Book (OB) at the station documents that the lorry would be picked up on Thursday at around 12.30pm and was driven to Naivasha DCIO offices for further investigations.

Interestingly though, the Standard reported that by Friday, the vehicle was yet to reach Naivasha DCIO offices which is just a few kilometers, several hours later.

“The lorry was brought here by CID officers and they later picked it up. I do not know what it was carrying because it was covered, and it not having been our operation, we did not find out what it was transporting,” an officer at the Kirengero police station disclosed.

In a phone interview with the newspaper, Naivasha DCIO Kennedy Njoroge confirmed that as at11.40am on Friday,the vehicle was yet to reach DCIO offices but declines to divulge further details.

“It is true we intercepted a lorry along Subukia road, but I cannot disclose what it was having because I have not seen what it was carrying, neither who the owner is,” Njoroge said.

A statement posted by the DCI revealed that one person had been arrested in connection with the consignment, suspected to be ethanol.

The statement read in part that “Detectives based in Naivasha today, working on information, intercepted a lorry carrying several liters of an inflammable liquid suspected to be Ethanol.The liquid which was covered with silver cyprinid (omena) is suspected to have been smuggled from Tanzania. One person arrested”.

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