MPs call for swift investigations into alleged sugar racket

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A trio of Members of Parliament from Western Kenya has beseeched the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti to conduct an enquiry into allegations that cartels are repackaging contraband sugar in Mumias Sugar Company (MSC) trademark packets.

According to the MPs who included Godfrey Osotsi (nominated), Caleb Amisi of Saboti and Florence Mutua of Busia, deceitful traders are planning to ruin the sugar company by repackaging illegal sugar and selling it to gullible Kenyans.

Speaking at a press conference in Nairobi on Tuesday, the MPs expressed their discontent for the scheme as they called for the DCI to act swiftly and nab the distributors of the illegal sugar.

To further augment their argument, nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi displayed a two kilogram packet of sugar he allegedly bought from a Nairobi based supermarket that neither contained the Kenya Bureau of Standard (KEBS) diamond mark of quality nor production and expiry dates.

“I spoke to the management at Mumias Sugar and they confirmed that the company does not have any products in the market at the moment,” said Osotsi.

He warned that Kenyans are being sold sugar allegedly produced by Mumias Sugar Company even though the company has not been operational for months.

Consequently, Osotsi reiterated the need for a thorough investigation by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to unearth the purported illegitimate sugar racket.

Ms Mutua and Mr Amisi on the other hand claimed that the dismissal of the scandalous sugar report in the National Assembly was done to protect the sugar cartels. In addition, Mr Mutua called on the government to cease importing sugar for at least two years so that local cane farmers can benefit more from sugar cane farming.

This comes just days after members of the National Assembly summoned the top brass of the sugar millers to discuss among other things the company’s debt woes, importation of illegal sugar and an irregular audit report from ex- Nairobi governor Evans Kidero’s term in office as the managing director of the firm.

 

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