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Smuggled Luxury Vehicles:The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has seized five luxury vehicles and two motorcycles at the port of Mombasa. The vehicles were smuggled from the United Kingdom. The vehicles are a Range Rover Vogue, Range Rover Sport, BMW 530D, BMW X5, and Volkswagen Tiguan. The vehicles were inscribed with chassis numbers of other vehicles which have not been reported as stolen in order to circumvent border control systems.

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According to the Regional Coordinator Southern Region  at KRA, Kenneth Ochola, the cars and motorcycles were in two containers. They had already been declared as being on transit to Uganda. The vehicles were nabbed following what was termed as a joint operation between Kenya, UK and the international police (Interpol) security agents. “The bill of lading for the container with the three vehicles – the Range Rovers and BMW 530D – and two motorcycles indicated that the cargo was shipped from the Port of Jabel Ali, and the consignor was Jason Abayomi from London. The consignor’s address was flat 15, 145 Seymour Place Mary Lesbone, while the consignee was listed as Kwizera Gilbert Jimmy of Entebbe Kampala,” Ochola said.

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First Secretary at the British High Commission to Kenya, Waqar Qureshi, who witnessed the verification exercise in Mombasa, confirmed that the cars had been stolen from owners in the UK.

The Range Rover Vogue and BMW 530D had been stolen last year on May 5 and 8, respectively. The Range Rover Sport and BMW X5 were also stolen in 2019 on March 23 and June 6, respectively, as were the motorcycles on April 12 and May 13. The Volkswagen Tiguan was stolen on December 7, 2018.

Shipping documents for the container loaded with the BMW X5 and the Volkswagen Tiguan indicated that the cargo was shipped from the Port of Antwerpen and the consignor was Belgo Malienne NV AS, while the consignee was Vumilia Investments Uganda.

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