The Consumers Federation of Kenya (Cofek) wishes to comment on the Poisonous Sugar scandal as follows;
First, that Industry and Agriculture Cabinet Secretaries Mr Adan Mohammed and Mr Mwangi Kiunjuri must step aside pending further investigations. Others involved should be Kenya Bureau of Standards MD Mr Charles Ongwae and the entire board except Chairman who publicly confessed to severe corruption at KEBS. They remain prime suspects.
Mr Adan Mohamed, has particularly no moral authority, to challenge the findings and announcement of his Interior colleague Mr Fred Matiang’i that the poisonous sugar contained traces of mercury, lead and other heavy metals.
Second, Director of Criminal of Investigations (DCI) and EACC must be allowed a free hand to investigate the scandal. Interferences from sections of government must stop. It is up ODPP to protect investigators if sufficient evidence must be adduced from suspects
Third, Directors of RaiPaper, West Kenya Sugar and Menengai Factory in Nakuru need to be investigated and charged without further delay. These firms must also be closed to allow for informed investigations.
Fourth, the Agriculture Committee of the National Assembly must not deceive Kenyans. Rather than deceive Kenyans with a fresh probe, they should implement their findings made on March 15, 2015.
Fifth, we urge an immediate merger of KEBS, Pharmacy and Poisons Board as well as Anti-Counterfeits Agency into a single entity.
Finally, we urge President Kenyatta to personally push for prosecution of perpetrators of the sugar poisoning scandal perpetrators as it is costing the country heavily than it is being perceived.