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Police confiscate eggs worth Sh2.7m from Uganda

Inmates count eggs at the Homa Bay police station on October 28, 2021. [James Omoro, Standard]

Police in Homa Bay County have confiscated eggs worth Sh2.7 million from Uganda.

The police are looking for the driver and his turn boy who were transporting the 7,800 crates of eggs from the neighbouring country.

The vehicle was first spotted in Mbita town. Police tried to stop the driver but he avoided them.

The police officers coordinated with their counterparts in Homa Bay to try and catch the two.

A team of DCI officers and those from other departments were mobilised to set up a roadblock and they intercepted the vehicle near Rodi Kopany township.

The driver stopped the lorry but then fled into the bushes. This was after police shot and burst some of tyres.

Homa Bay County Directorate of Criminal Investigation Officer Abed Kavoo said the eggs were sneaked into the country illegally.

“It seems the driver knew he was in an illegal business and that is why he refused to stop for a security check at Mbita,” Kavoo said.

He said they had realised the goods lacked approval documents into the country.

“They used shortcuts to gain entry into the country. We are still looking for the two so that they can face the law,” said Kavoo.

The lorry that entered Homa Bay through Siaya county carrying the eggs was towed to Homa Bay police station. 

“The driver and turn boy are hiding but we are making efforts to arrest them,” Kavoo said.

The DCI officer said registration of the vehicle at the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) showed that he is a resident of South Nyanza.

“We suspect the eggs were being ferried to one of the South Nyanza counties,” Kavoo added.

The vehicle and the eggs will be kept at the police station until the suspects are apprehended.

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