Non-intrusive scanners are set to be launched Thursday at the Busia and Malaba boarders, URA has said.
The Authority confirms that the introduction of such technology will make the concealment of contraband unsustainable.
This, according to the Authority follows impact from the Lwera Enforcement check-point which had since its inception relied on mere citizen intelligence to carry out operations at the boarder with optimal success. However, with the intrusive technology, they say it will be possible to intercept contraband efficiently.
“Just recently, over 1,264pcs of Itel branded smart phones and over 2611 pieces of assorted smart phone chargers and accessories were intercepted which only proved the establishment of the check point was a well thought of idea,” a statement from URA reads in part.
The citizen intelligence network informed enforcement officers at the check point that vehicle no. UAM 863Q contained the phones which were concealed in bags of coffee. Indeed, when the said vehicle arrived at the checkpoint, sacks of coffee beans were the first thing one could notice and after a thorough check, the officers were able to discover thousands of boxes of Itel branded smart phones, chargers and phone accessories.”
The Authority now claims that scanners will make the interceptions in such cases even easier.