Two suspects charged with repackaging expired rice in Nairobi


Two suspects charged with repackaging expired rice in Nairobi
Two suspects accused of repackaging and reselling expired rice appear in court on May 27, 2019. PHOTO | SOPHIE ROBERT NJAGI | CITIZEN DIGITAL

In Summary

  • The accused; John Mbugua and Jeremiah Kuria, denied the charges and were released on a cash bail of Ksh.200,000 or Ksh.300, 000 bond.
  • Appearing before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi, the duo - John Mbugua and Jeremiah Kuria – pleaded not guilty.
  • The two suspects were arrested at a godown in Kariobangi South, Nairobi County, on May 14, 2019.

Two suspects were Monday arraigned in a Nairobi court for allegedly repackaging and reselling expired rice.

Appearing before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi, the accused; John Mbugua and Jeremiah Kuria, denied the charges and were released on a cash bail of Ksh.200,000 or Ksh.300, 000 bond.

The case was set for mentioning on June 10 and hearing on July 2, 2019.

The two suspects were arrested following a raid by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) at a godown in Kariobangi South, Nairobi County, on May 14, 2019.

The raid was conducted after a tip-off from members of the public to the multi-agency team that included police and public health officials.

The sleuths unearthed a scheme where expired rice was being repackaged into new bags bearing expiry dates from June 2019 to 2021 to dupe unsuspecting Kenyans.

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