Muhoho will face the law if he imported illegal sugar – President Kenyatta


President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Kenya-US Trade Conference in Gigiri. Photo/PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Kenya-US Trade Conference in Gigiri. Photo/PSCU

In Summary

  • President Kenyatta warned leaders against politicising the contraband sugar issue.
  • His comments come a day after Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri defended Muhoho Kenyatta.
  • Interior CS Fred Matiang'i earlier told a Parliamentary Committee that illegal goods seized in the past few weeks will be destroyed next week.

Muhoho Kenyatta will face the law if he was involved in the importation of contraband sugar, the President has said.

The Head-of-State did not shy away from addressing recent reports linking his brother to the sugar scandal that has rocked the country.

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“That’s why I have been very quiet….I have no problem…I have full confidence in the agencies that have to do their job,” he said on Thursday.

According to President Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenyans should trust that relevant institutions will prosecute those found guilty of corruption.

“The vice is robbing Kenyans of essential services as well as the ability to develop the country and protect future generations,” the President lamented.

He warned leaders against politicising the issue and maintained that he will not relent in the fight against graft.

“Let’s leave politics out of this and do what is necessary for this county,” he added.

His comments come a day after Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri defended Muhoho Kenyatta over claims that he is linked to the contraband sugar.

The President was speaking when he officially opened Kenya-U.S. Trade Conference at the United Nations office in Gigiri.

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i earlier told a Parliamentary Committee that illegal goods impounded by government agencies will be destroyed next week.

There have been allegations that unscrupulous traders imported sugar that had traces of mercury making it unfit for human consumption.

The businessman are further accused of repackaging the sugar using well known labels and then selling to unsuspecting consumers.

However, the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has maintained that there is no mercury in any of the sugar samples that they tested for quality purposes.

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