KPA responds to claims that businesswoman imported Sh17bn fuel

The Kenya Ports Authority has denied allegations that a businesswoman in the country imported fuel products worth Sh17 billion.

KPA says the consignment of diesel fuel belongs to a company identified as Aramco Trading Fujairah, which was nominated by the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum under the Government to Government Oil Deal to import the fuel.

According to KPA, the cargo manifest shows that the vessel, MT Haigui, docked at Mombasa port nine days ago, confirming that the consignment belongs to an international oil marketer and not businesswoman Ann Njeri Njoroge as alleged.

KPA highlighted some of the discrepancies found in the consignees’ documents and accused the businesswoman of using fraudulent documents to claim the goods.

The online maritime portal showed the vessel’s voyage from the port of loading and noted the anomalies presented by Ann’s Import and Export Enterprise Limited, which claimed the fuel was imported from the Republic of Azerbaijan, when in fact it originated in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.

They also denied claims that some of the imported fuel was missing, insisting that the ship arrived in Mombasa with its original volume of 61.3 gross tonnage.

Lawyers representing the businesswoman say they have not heard from their client and have filed a habeas corpus application in court demanding that their client be produced.

Both Inspector General of Police Japeth Koome and DCI Mohammed Amin have been sued over the matter.

Ann Njoroge is said to have disappeared after recording her statement at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters in Nairobi.

The KPA also claims that the businesswoman does not have a licence to import fuel into the country.

Source: NTV

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