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Two CSs to be Formally Charged on their Role on Importation of ‘Poisonous’ Sugar

Members of Parliament have resolved to indict two Cabinet secretaries and a number of parastatal bosses for endangering the lives of Kenyans by allowing harmful sugar into the market.

This follows revelations by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i that recently imported sugar contained traces of heavy metals — mercury, lead and copper.

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Members of the National Assembly Committees want Cabinet secretaries Henry Rotich (Treasury) and Adan Mohamed (Industrialisation, recently moved to East African Community) held culpable for their actions that saw the contraband sugar enter the market.

Mr Rotich is on the spot over the three suspicious gazette notices he issued in the importation of duty-free sugar last year.

The notice also permitted everyone, including those not licensed, to import the commodity thereby compromising quality and standards.

Mr Adan Mohamed has been accused of failing to ensure the sugar importation policies are implemented.

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The 38-member committee, currently in Mombasa for report writing, was initially split in the middle on who should carry the cross, with some defending the Cabinet secretaries and instead putting the blame on parastatal heads.

However, threats of a dissenting report forced the other members of the joint committee, co-chaired by Mandera South MP Adan Ali and his Kieni colleague Kanini Kega, to endorse the recommendation.

“We have agreed to indict the CSs and the parastatal heads as well as recommend that they be investigated further by the responsible government agencies for failing to perform their duties,” a member of the committee said.

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The committee also wants the management of Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs), Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Sony Sugar Company Ltd and sugar directorate at the Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) to take individual responsibility for failing to perform their roles effectively.


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