Police manning the Kenya-Tanzania border on Friday arrested two Tanzanian citizens while transporting explosives to Kenya.
The pair were cornered while attempting to sneak into the country through the Isebania border in Migori county.
According to Migori County Police Commander Francis Nguli, the two lacked the necessary documentation to allow them to cross the border. The duo was also accused of failing to avail requisite license permitting them to transport the mining explosives.
“Those transporting these things know the permits required, and these things (permits) can be obtained through the Ministry of Mining and Blue Economy. They did not have permission to enter our country, and that is one of the mistakes,” Francis Nguli Noted.
A roadblock erected along a highway in Kenya
A police report revealed that about 25 boxes of explosives weighing 600 kg and valued at Ksh9 million were found stuffed inside a Probox car that the suspects were travelling in.
According to Nguli, police launched investigations to ascertain whether the explosives were meant for mining exploration before arranging the suspects in court.
“Our officers are much alert to ensure that Migori does not become the route through which people sneak in with illegal things,” Nguli vowed.
In a similar situation one month ago, police in Kisii County intercepted a Toyota Prado ferrying drugs valued at Ksh11 million.
Despite efforts by the driver to evade police traps, the officers cornered him and recovered sacks of bhang weighing approximately 379 kgs.
“During the recovery, the officers who were on patrol sighted a white Toyota Prado that was loaded with a suspicious consignment,” read part of the statement.
“Six sacks and fifteen bales of leaves suspected to be cannabis sativa all weighing 379 kgs were recovered,” DCI reported.
The Toyota Prado and the recovered sacks of bhang were all taken to Kenyenye Police Station for further investigations.
A photo of sacks of bhang seized by DCI on Sunday, October 15, 2023