The court heard that  on July 7 2018 at around 1.00pm  at the company premises along Jogoo Rd in Plot No. 209/6212 being the director, he was found enclosing in a receptacle 4,437kgs of Zesta peanut butter valued at Ksh350,482.

That 14,790 kgs of Choco Premio rich drinking chocolate valued at Ksh 1,036,095.59 was also found stashed at the premises and a further 1,565kgs of Gilda Tomata paste valued atKsh319,639.10 all making a total value of Khs1,706.217.06.

The court heard that  the items despite having the  necessary standardisation mark had no “permit issued by the Kenya Bureau of Standards.

Malde was arrested in an on going crackdown of sub-standard consumables which could be a probable source of diseases.

“We will investigate further to verify whether the business is also tax compliant. The materials will be collected immediately for further tests by Kebs (Kenya Bureau of Standards) before being destroyed,” said KRA commissioner for strategic operation Githii Mburu.

The  raid at Trufoods on Jogoo Road recovered 20 tonnes of various consumable items among them peanut butter, tomato paste and Choco Primo drinking chocolate products.

All items recovered at Trufoods lacked the Kebs standardisation mark.

 Short cuts to riches

The multi-agency task-force, comprised of KRA, Anti-Counterfeit Agency, Kenys Police, Weights and Measures Department, Public Health and Pharmacy and Poisons Board has been cracking down on unscrupulous businessmen countrywide.

Anti counterfeit Agency enforcement manager Linsey Kipkemoi said the country is choking under products that should not be in the market as Kenyans take short cuts to riches.

He said the agency is employing a multi-pronged strategy to deal with fake products, including 100 per cent inspection for verification of consolidated cargo consignments at the port, tightening of operations at border entry points to stop tax evasion and monitor the quality of goods coming into the country.

Kipkemboi said whatever is already within the country will be nabbed using intelligence operations.

“We are now working as a team with all the regulators so that anything that gets in, even through non-gazetted routes, will be seized by the time they are at their destinations,” said Githii.

He said transfers of officers in border posts is underway while those who have been found guilty of aiding the entry of such goods have been sacked.

Back to Malde, the Nairobi court released him on a paltry  bond of Ksh300K or a slap on the wrist cash bail of Ksh100,000.

The case has been set for hearing on July 16 2018.

Malde is also required to part with his passport as part of the bond terms.

The passport will be impounded in court till the case is heard and determined.