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A proprietor of a petrol station in Moyale town in Marsabit County has been charged with smuggling of uncustomed fuel and other related counts at the Isiolo law courts.

Jibril Ahmed Nache, a proprietor of Bismilahi Petrol Station faced a total of four counts including evasion of payment of duty, procuring and storage of uncustommed goods, operating unlicensed petroleum facility and selling non- conforming petroleum products.

These   actions   constitutes   offences   under   the   East   African   Community Customs Management Act, 2014 and the Petroleum Act, 2019. 

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The regulations are being enforced by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA).

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The  accused  person  was  arrested  on  2nd   August  2020  after  15,000  litres  of diesel  sold  to  Seal  Oilry  East  Africa  Limited  were  intercepted  while  being transported on a truck along Moyale-Isiolo road.

The  businessman  denied  the  charges  and  was  released  on  a  bond  of  Kshs.1 million and a surety of similar amount.

If convicted, the accused shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to a fine equal to fifty percent of the dutiable value of the goods involved, or both.

Smuggling of cheap petroleum products from the neighbouring country leads to loss of revenue, availability of substandard products for sale in the local market and unfair competition to genuine businesses in the sector.

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