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January 19, 2019

Anti-Counterfeit Agency destroys fake goods worth Sh24m

Industrialization CS Aden Mohammed and Anti Counterfeit Agency executive director Elema Halake inspect counterfeit goods before their destruction at Envirosafe Limited in Export Processing Zone, Athi River on Friday.Photo/George Owiti
Industrialization CS Aden Mohammed and Anti Counterfeit Agency executive director Elema Halake inspect counterfeit goods before their destruction at Envirosafe Limited in Export Processing Zone, Athi River on Friday.Photo/George Owiti

The Anti-Counterfeit Agency has destroyed fake goods worth Sh24 million.

The goods, which included electronics, music equipment, phones, clothing, food stuff and industrial ball bearings and were burnt at EnviroSafe Limited in Export Processing Zone, Athi River on Friday.

“We are sending a message that the agency is committed to protecting intellectual property and consumers against counterfeit goods,” said the agency’s executive director Elema Halake, who addressed the press shortly after the destruction.

He said those trading in fake goods will not be allowed to exploit Kenyans.

Halake said the government loses billions annually due to untaxed counterfeit goods.

Halake said the agency will arrest and prosecute counterfeiters.

Bearings brand owner SKF Kenya Limited MD Harris Kariuki said fake Sh11 million industrial ball bearings were seized in shops on Nairobi’s Kirinyaga road and destroyed.

Kariuki urged Kenyans not to buy counterfeit goods as they could put their lives in jeopardy.

 

 

 

 

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