About seventy shops were closed down in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, over the weekend as part of a drive to clamp down on an import licensing fraud.
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Background: About seventy shops were closed down in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, over the weekend as part of a drive to clamp down on an import licensing fraud. The Kenyan Government has taken the measures following the discovery of forged licence certificates.
At least fifteen more shops have been ordered to close in the southern port of Mombasa, but figures have not been released on the total number of shops affected by the nation-wide campaign.
All the companies involved in the closures are connected with the import, wholesale and distribution sectors of the country's commercial life. Many are well-established businesses in the hardware, grocery, clothing, pharmaceutical and household appliances trade. The Kenyan Government alleges that all were issued with forged import licences.
The traders affected by the Government measures have the right to appeal against the closures. They must prove that they were not directly involved in the import certificate fraud, and must disclose the names of the suppliers of the forged licences.