Kenya: Tanzanians nabbed for transporting explosives

The Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) is holding three people among them Tanzania nationals who were arrested with 1,000 pieces of explosive detonators along the Taveta-Mombasa highway by Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officers from the Taveta-Holili one-stop border point (OSBP) on Friday.

“The KRA team, backed by Administration Police officers attached to the OSBP, while on routine patrols intercepted the devices while being transported together with tobacco by a truck no. T143ARG at around 5.30pm, one kilometre from Maktau roadblock, Taita Taveta County,” KRA Coast regional coordinator John Bisonga said in a statement.

The three suspects include a driver of the truck used to ferry the explosives and his turnboy, both identified as Tanzanian, and a person who presented himself at the station with a mining permit and claiming to be the owner of the detonators.

KRA said a multiagency team including police and officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) confirmed the contents of the truck comprising of 1,000 pieces of detonators, which had been packed in 10 boxes containing 100 pieces each.

Mr Bisonga said the consignment had been declared at the border as raw tobacco from Moshi, northern Tanzania and was destined for Mombasa.

However, after inspection by customs officers who had stopped the truck, two packages of Supreme Plain detonators were found in the cabin after which vehicle was escorted back to the border crossing.

“Upon being interviewed, the driver claimed the detonators were handed over to him at Taveta town to be delivered to the owner at Mwatate,” KRA said in the statement.

Meanwhile, investigations are under way and the vehicle and the detonators were held in the Customs warehouse.

The trio will be charged with contravening the Explosives Act after completion of investigations by the detectives.

Liberty Pazvakawambwa SADC News

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