Matiang’i busts fake sugar syndicate, warns traders


Contraband sugar nabbed during sting operations which are said to contain mercury and copper.
Contraband sugar nabbed during sting operations which are said to contain mercury and copper.

In Summary

  • Dr. Matiang'i also castigated officials from relevant authorities for 'sleeping on the job'.
  • He said those found culpable will face the law.
  • The intensified crackdown on fake goods comes after a directive from the President.

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

Speaking during a press briefing on Wednesday at the DCI headquarters, a visibly enraged Matiang’i stated that the proliferation of fake goods in the country is unacceptable.

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This comes a month after the President issued a directive for an operation to deal with economic crime.

“I am shocked at what we are doing to our country right from what you are seeing here the counterfeit sugar and the adulteration of fuel,” Matiang’i said on Wednesday.

Dr. Matiang’i has stated that in the coming weeks there will be intensified the crackdown on contraband products.

“The revenue losses we have suffered as a country are partly because of this kind of nonsense,” the CS retorted.

The CS further cited several arrests made and others looming, adding that those found responsible will be prosecuted according to the law.

Dr. Matiang’i also castigated officials from relevant authorities for ‘sleeping on the job’.

“I want to tell my colleagues at Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) or at the Anti-Counterfeit Agency at the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), if you cannot do the work that you have been asked to do just leave,” he said.

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