By Azania Post Reporter
The Tanzania Revenue Authority has seized and nationalised various commodities at the Tanzania-Kenya border, Namanga, Arusha region.
The commodities were imported in Tanzania via illegal routes in Namanga border from neighbouring country of Kenya.
The confiscated commodities and products include one ton of sugar and salt, 18 bags of tea, 16kg of khats,5000 chicks and 416 boxes of eggs.
Speaking soon after a seizure Sunday, the TRA assistant Manager for Arusha region Edwin Iwato said the supplies were properties owned by three people.
He named the owners as Joseph Sekino, Innocent Minja and Andrew Lyimo businesspersons from Tanzania.
The suspects are facing charges, according to the TRA Arusha boss.
Clarifying, Iwato said the suspect Joseph Sekino was arrested having loaded one ton of sugar, salt and 18 bags of tea in vehicle with registration number T 785 AWV.
Innocent Minja had 416 boxes of eggs in and 16kgs of khats in his car No. T 443 CQU and Andrew Lymo was caught with 5,000 boxes of chicks in a vehicle No.T 441 DHW.
The trio were coming from Kenya heading to Arusha, Tanzania, according to Iwato.
“These suspects have imported some of the commodities using packages of different commodities made in Tanzania in order to hide their certainty, have no licenses and have not paid any taxes,” he said.
The manager said khats were packed in plastic bags alias Rambo which were hidden in front bonnet at place of engine of a Noah made No. T 443 CQU .
For his part , the Director Tax Payer Services & Education, Richard Kayombo said such businessmen’s habit was an act of sabotage of other traders who were paying taxes for each citizen.
Kayombo said the seized consignment of commodities will be burned according to the law of the land.
“Only those fit for human consumption will be given to various institutions in need according to the procedures set by TRA. But all vehilces have been nationalized by the authority,” said Kayombo.