Consumers Asked to Report Cases of Counterfeit Watches

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The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has urged Kenyans to report all incidents involving counterfeit watches that they come across. 

Speaking Wednesday at a work shop at Kisii University, Patricia Kimanthi (the Corporate Communications manager of KEBS), stated that the Kenyan people should accept responsibility and report any replica, clone, knockoff, or counterfeit watches that have not been authorized by the manufacturer. 

"We are custodians of what we consume and have the power to say yes or no!  We see all these malpractices but the problem is that we do not report them," she said. 

Kimanthi also said that management utilizes international standards to monitor the trademarks and associated quality of both imports and exports.

Gladys Ombongi, who works for KEBS, stated that they asssist police when dealing with criminals trafficking in, buying, possessing, and manufacturing counterfeit timepieces. 

"Counterfeiting is illegal and unfair trade. We therefore work with the police to arrest fraudsters," stated Ombongi emphatically. 

 

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