Modernization of Kisumu port attracted Government security apparatus to spread it's footprint, particularly the Kenya Navy, and the Kenya Coast Gaurds Services (KCGS).
The ministry of interior too revamped the border security apparatus, this has hardened security at the pier, disrupting the existing Smuggling pipeline that has massively benefited corrupt port Officials.
For instance, in 2018 thereabouts Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) requested Kenya Ports Authority (KRA) to audit controls at the Kisumu port, and related illigalities associated with irregular Procurement, and revenue leakages.
According to sources in the agency, Officers benefiting in Illicit trade at the port covered up reports, leading to KRA Intelligence sharing it's findings with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), we now understand that DCI and EACC investigators have camped at the Mombasa port, to unmask authors of Corruption at entry points.
Government apparatus has 'distupted' Kisumu networks, forcing drug traffickers out of the pier, making smuggling pipelines vulnerable to Detection, unlike at the pier where 'state capture' is a problem.
For instance, in a recent drug interdiction the Anti-narcotics detectives arrested a suspect who crossed from Uganda with heroin wrapped in a packet of soya beans, to conceal the contraband, when he was nabbed.
The gangs traditional route has been Kisumu pier, Ugandan smugglers included Ugandan security people , who operated in cahoots with Government accomplices stationed at the entry points.
In August 1st, 2017 Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) took up the management and security of Inland waterways, the operational apparatus attracted individuals associated with KPA networks in Nairobi Inland Container Depot (ICDN) and Mombasa port.
Within a spell of few months after corrupt Officers installed Government accomplices at the lake entry point, KPA border security procedures were 'paralzed' and usuped with individuals associated with KPA gang activities
KPA control of the pier created ungovened spaces, with criminals leveraging of structural ambiguities'to avoid accountability, KRA noted a marked decrease in revenue collection.
The volume of heroin, counterfeits, and other related gang activities since increased in and around the port neighborhoods.
The state capture at the Kisumu port Facility alarmed the state, resulting in the extraordinary measures to beef up security at the pier.
Kisumu risk audit
2017/18/19 KPA own internal audit reports have consitently reported the risk of revenue leakages, and losses. Shockingly, none of the recommendations offered have been implimented, either by Nairobi or Mombasa.
The consequence, according to KRA statistics Kisumu port while under Kenya Railways (KRC) managment managed to collect 65 million, under KPA revenue leakages led to the reduction of 11,084,649.
With the stationing of the Kenya Navy, and Kenya Coast Gaurds Services (KCGS) illegal trade will be contained, but the risk of revenue leaking will remain since the culprits are even being considered for promotions, as a reward for their efforts to facilitate cartels loot r had been tipped off pounced on the suspect befackage the cocain.
29 September 2019: Kisumu Port latest