The makers of fake goods now cover practically every sector

An officer from the anti-counterfeit agency sets ablaze thousands of counterfeit ball pens in this picture taken on April 10, 2016 after the Mombasa court ordered the destruction of fakes. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA

What you need to know:

  • After the Kenya Bureau of Standards tightened surveillance in Nairobi, the dealers in counterfeit products are now targeting remote areas whose residents cannot easily distinguish a fake from an original.
  • A report launched by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga in April 2015 revealed that trade in counterfeits now rivals the country’s key foreign exchange earners such as tourism, tea and coffee.
  • But it was the huge stack of   medical syringes that stunned many of those gathered to witness the destruction at the EPZ in Athi River. According to KEBS, the gadgets were badly graduated. This means they could endanger lives if used because, instead of injecting a patient with, say 2ml of a drug, a medic would inject  1.7ml, or even 2.4 ml in some cases.
  • The manufacturers of fakes are even interfering with education. Among the items seized were mathematical sets that had poorly marked rulers, fake rubbers and worse, a compass whose needles were abnormally long. If used, they would give the wrong answers.

After spending a long time in the city without visiting his parents, Paul Nyacheo, a lab technician, decided to surprise them with gifts when he finally went to see them early this year. The 32-inch television and an immersion electric water heater would be timely gifts for his parents in Nyamira, who had just had electricity connected to their home.


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