More illicit sugar: Over 15,000 bags nabbed in Eastleigh


More illicit sugar: Over 15,000 bags nabbed in Eastleigh
File photo of the confiscated 'sugar'. PHOTO/COURTESY

In Summary

  • The raid was conducted by a team of detectives formed by Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti to investigate and establish go-downs holding suspect sugar.
  • The sugar was being re-packaged in 2kg bags ready for distribution.
  • The consignment was taken to DCI headquarters where Kenya Bureau of Standards officials are expected to collect samples for testing.

Police on Tuesday evening impounded more than 15,000 bags of suspected illicit sugar at a go-down in Eastleigh’s First Avenue, Nairobi.

The raid was conducted by a team of detectives formed by Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti to investigate and establish go-downs holding suspect sugar.

The sugar was being re-packaged in 2kg bags ready for distribution.

The consignment was taken to DCI headquarters where Kenya Bureau of Standards officials are expected to collect samples for testing.

The raid comes a month after police seized over 2,000 bags of contraband sugar in a warehouse in the same area.

Meanwhile, Health Permanent Secretary Peter Tum now says 60 percent of the imported sugar tested has been found unfit for human consumption.

Mr. Tum was speaking before the Parliamentary Committee probing the entry of contraband sugar into the country on Tuesday.

He stated that they had so far tested 172 samples and that testing was still ongoing.

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