On Wednesday Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officials seized several luxury cars believed to have been stolen from the United Kingdom at Mombasa port.
UK ambassador to Kenya Nic Hailey who witnessed the opening of containers which contained the stolen cars said that National Crime Agency, a leading UK agency that is tasked to fight serious and organised crime, would join Kenya in the fight against the theft.
“Organized crime networks ignore boundaries and this is theft, we tracked this vehicles and we will ship them back to the UK,” said the ambassador.
KRA, however, did not give the specific number of the stolen vehicles. This is not the first time ex-UK vehicles have found their way to Kenya illegally.
In March, in a similar scenario, KRA intercepted Luxury vehicles at the Mombasa Port which were being transported to Uganda.
The three vehicles – a Range Rover Sport, a Range Rover Vogue and Land Rover Discovery – confirmed stolen in Interpol’s motor vehicles database, were reportedly concealed in a container which was supposed to be ferrying household goods.
Many buyers in Kenya and Uganda are unaware that the cars they are buying are stolen, the report added.
The vehicles are sold with what appears to be legal documents but in reality, such documents are either faked or acquired through corrupt procedures.