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Thika-based liquor firm in Kes1.2bn tax evasion probe

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A team of investigators from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have launched investigations into the activities of Africa Spirit Limited based in Thika after large consignments of counterfeit excise stamps and suspected illicit ethanol were found within their premises.

During the operations that commenced on the night of 31st January 2019, an estimated 21 million counterfeit excise stamps and 312,000 litres of illicit products valued at shillings 1.2b in estimated tax were seized. Arrangements are in progress to seal the premises to enable in depth investigations into the racket.

Africa Spirits is a licensed manufacturer of portable spirits including Glen Rock, Legend Black, Blue Moon, Legend Brandy, Gypsy King and Furaha.

A Production Manager at the factory was arraigned in court and detained for seven days to facilitate further investigation. The Directors of the Company and other senior management are being sought.

This operation is part of the Government ongoing campaign against illicit trade aimed at ensuring compliance with tax and consumer protection laws.

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