Kenya Revenue Authority has shut down and seized more than 1,000 pieces of bottled water at an illegal water manufacturing plant in Embakasi, Nairobi.
Also seized is a pickup truck already loaded with 220 pieces of five-litre bottled water and 792 pieces of 500milliliter of the bottled water known as Crystal.
The pickup truck outside the premises was ready for the market when KRA officials arrived .
20 pieces of five-litre bottled water were still within the premises. The officials were working on a tip off from members of the public.
The plant , located in a residential area within Embakasi was sealed off for manufacturing water without an excise licence contrary to section 15 of the Excise Duty Act 2015.
Operations of the plant registered under Diamond Crystals Enterprises were also in contravention of Section 38 of the Excise Duty Act 2017 as read with Regulation 30 of Legal Notice 53 of 2017.
The director of the company has been summoned by KRA for further investigations and subsequent prosecution in court for manufacturing, possessing and conveying an excisable product without an excise licence and tax evasion.
The authority has vowed to continue stamping out manufactures who break the law with
the intention of evading taxes due on products manufactured.
“The crackdown on illicit trade and contrabands currently ongoing throughout the country will continue
unabated not only to safeguard government revenue but also to protect members of the public from illegally manufactured products posing health risks,” Domestic Taxes Department Commissioner said.