According to Kenyan news, The increase of fake goods in the Kenyan market has been blamed on fake mark-of-quality stickers supplied by an foreign firm in collusion with senior Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) officials.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) says investigations have established that the directors of Madras Security Printers Private Ltd conspired with Kebs officials to defeat the intent of the contract for the supply of Impact Standardisation Mark (ISM) stamps for Sh882 million.
A probe by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) found that the Kebs ISM stickers supplied by the Indian firm did not have a traceability system. They are also not tamper-proof as required by the contract — they are made using ordinary adhesive papers.
The stickers can easily be duplicated by the owners of counterfeit products, thus creating a loophole to saturate the market with substandard goods.
The new stamps were supposed to fully contain entry of counterfeit and illicit goods that have caused the country to lose an estimated Sh100 billion annually
Additionally, the stamps were to be printed to certain international approved security specifications — be tamper-proof and not be duplicatable or easily photocopied. They were equally supposed to be easily distinguishable by the general public by use of the Kebs ISM scanner, a mobile phone application.