Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives and officials from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) raided and shut down an illegal liquor distillery in Nairobi’s Njiru estate.

The authorities stormed into Bongo Enterprises Limited premises and uncovered counterfeit KRA stamps and over 5,000 stickers of Bongo Vodka, an alcoholic drink the plant was producing.

The early morning raid led by the Economic and Commercial Crimes Unit comes as detectives have intensified the crackdown on illegal and counterfeit products being sold by unscrupulous traders and finding their way into the local markets.

This follows President William Ruto’s directive to police to conduct intelligence-led operations targeting counterfeit goods after a discovery was made that some crooked traders had devised a way to evade taxation.

However, there was nobody home when the authorities called, as someone seemed to have tipped the owners and workers off about the raid and they fled the scene before the authorities arrived.

In their haste to evade justice, the company’s employees left the machines used in the manufacture of the illegal liquor running.

The detectives are still on a manhunt for the owners of the illegal plant and hope to nab them soon before arraigning them in court.