KENYAN PARLIAMENT WANTS CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO IMPORTATION OF CONTAMINATED SUGAR

NAIROBI– Kenya’s Parliament has recommended that the police Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) conduct further investigations of all irregularities relating to the importation of contaminated sugar into the country.

This came Wednesday after the National Assembly’s committees on trade and on agriculture tabled a joint report on the safety of the sugar which is currently in the market, and which indicates that samples collected from Webuye West in Bungoma County also contained traces of mercury.

The Joint Parliamentary Committees wants further investigations to be made into the Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Trade and also to establish why the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS_ failed to undertake adequate market surveillance to guarantee the safety and quality of sugar sold in the country.

The report tabled by the Joint Coommittee’s Co-Chairperson, Kanini Kega, also called for a ban on the importation of raw sugar meant for further processing as table sugar to avoid diversion of the commodity into the local market with a view to safeguarding local sugar cane farmers.

Meanwhile, the committee has recommended that investigations be made into the alleged irregular transaction between South Nyanza Sugar Company Limited and all other companies for alleged tax evasion involving approximately 2.5 billion shillings (about 24.9 million US dollars).

It also recommended investigations into importers, wholesalers and millers allegedly dealing in contaminated sugar for violating the Food, Drug and Chemical Substances Act and the Public Health Act.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK