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