Truck driver pleads guilty to stealing Ksh.2.8M cargo bound for DRC


Truck driver pleads guilty to stealing Ksh.2.8M cargo bound for DRC
The High Court in Eldoret. PHOTO - COURTESY

A truck driver on Monday pleaded guilty to charges of interfering with transit cargo bound for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and stealing goods worth Ksh.2.8 million.

Francis Murungi was jointly charged with Abraham Some and Gladys Mwangi before the Eldoret Law Courts with two counts of interfering with a consignment of 877 bales of mosquito nets without permission from the authorised customs officer.

He also admitted to the second count of removing customs seals from the truck before stealing 720 bales of the mosquito nets, which originated from China, on November 1, 2020 at Juakali area within Uasin Gishu County

Abraham Some and Gladys Mwangi denied the charges before Principal Magistrate Naomi Wairimu and were both released on a bond of Ksh.2million each and a surety of a similar amount.

“Customs seals enable KRA to carry out real-time monitoring and tracking of transit cargo from the point of loading to the point of discharge to avoid dumping of cargo,” said the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) in a statement.

“Arming of the truck with the Customs seals was done in Mombasa before the truck left for DRC. Details of the case indicate that the clearing agent applied for transhipment of the container to another truck at Mazeras, which then proceeded the journey.”

The authority further added: “The truck owner reported the missing cargo at Industrial Police Station and the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers tracked and found the truck parked at Jua Kali in Eldoret where the driver was arrested.”

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