02 Nov 2016
Thirteen port and customs officials were charged on Wednesday with stealing cargo containers and aiding tax evasion on freight at Kenya’s Mombasa port, part of a drive to clamp down on corruption and boost efficiency at the hub.
Mombasa acts as a trade gateway for much of East Africa. But neighbouring countries have often complained about corruption and the slow processing of cargo.
The port replaced its managing director and five other senior managers in February as part of a wider bid to streamline customs procedures.
A court in Mombasa charged 10 men and three women on Wednesday with theft of cargo, “aiding procurement” of goods that had not gone through proper customs procedures, tampering with computerised customs systems and other charges.
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