The Anti-Counterfeit Authority (ACA) has confiscated suspected counterfeit electronic products worth Sh5 million from several traders in Nairobi County.
In a sting operation conducted in collaboration with the National Police Service, 4 traders suspected to be behind the illicit trade were arrested and are expected to be arraigned in court.
According to the ACA, the Thursday night operation was conducted following complaints from Kenyans who decried the poor quality of some of the accessories sold to them by the said traders despite bearing names of established brands such as Samsung.
The traders were nabbed while operating four wholesale outlets along Nairobi’s Ronald Ngala Avenue where thousands of suspected fake mobile phone accessories branded “SAMSUNG” such as phone chargers, earphones, headsets, and back covers were seized.
ACA has warned unscrupulous traders against using names of established brands to deceive consumers saying they risk fines for encouraging the illicit trade which costs the economy billions in tax revenue while putting the lives of consumers at risk due to poor quality.