252 bags of illegal sugar nabbed in Eldoret


252 bags of illegal sugar nabbed in Eldoret
File photo of the confiscated 'sugar'. PHOTO/COURTESY

In Summary

  • Confirming the incident, Eldoret West police boss Samuel Mutunga said they have commenced investigations together with Kenya Revenue Authority to verify the source and quality of the sugar.
  • Mutunga also said they had received documents seized from owners of the nabbed goods and had handed them to KRA for investigations.
  • Over the past two weeks, security agencies have nabbed over 5,000 bags of sugar marked marked “Note for Sale. For industrial use only” being repackaged for sale to unsuspecting consumers.

Police in Eldoret have impounded 252 sacks of Brazilian sugar at Khetias supermarket stores in Eldoret town.

Confirming the incident, Eldoret West police boss Samuel Mutunga said they have commenced investigations together with Kenya Revenue Authority to verify the source and quality of the sugar.

“We have nabbed 252 bags of fake goods. Documents have been handed over to KRA teem for verification,” said Mutunga.

Mutunga also said they had received documents seized from owners of the nabbed goods and had handed them to KRA for investigations.

“As at now we are going to seal the track and take it to police station, and tomorrow there will be sampling to confirm the quality and quantity of the goods and all that is required for verification by KRA,” said Mr. Mutunga.

He said following the recent seizures of sugar unfit for human consumption in various parts of the country, they are not leaving anything to chance

Over the past two weeks, security agencies have nabbed over 5,000 bags of sugar marked marked “Note for Sale. For industrial use only” being repackaged for sale to unsuspecting consumers.

Other regions where the sugar has been nabbed include Kitale, Eldoret, Nairobi, Nakuru, Meru, Kitale, Nyandarua among others.

An analysis by the government chemist on more than 1,000 bags of the contraband sugar seized recently found dangerous levels of mercury and copper.

“They are killing us because they are selling poison to all of us… and none of us is safe,” Interior CS Fred Matiang’i said.

 

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i on June 13, issued a stern warning to businessmen and State officials involved in the sale of the counterfeit sugar.

Additional reporting by Lawrence Baraza

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