KEBS MD arrested after contradicting Matiang'i's position over presence of mercury in sugar
3 weeks ago, 15:02
- The KEBS director dismissed claims advanced by Matiang'i that netted contraband sugar had mercury
- He however said sugar in the market had high levels of copper and lead thus unfit for human consumption
- Industrialisation CS Adan Mohammed also dismissed Matiang'i's claims of mercury in sugar
- DCI director Kinoti also said he is ready to be prosecuted if no mercury will be detected in netted sugar
The sugar debacle in the country has taken an interesting twist following the sudden arrest of Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) Managing Director Charles Ongwae days after contradicting Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i.
Ongwae's arrest comes barely a day after he revealed before the National Assembly Committee on Trade tested tested by the body had no mercury contrary to earlier remarks by the Interior CS as well as criminal investigations director Geroge Kinoti.
The KEBs boss was apprehended alongside other officials and taken to CID headquarters for questioning on Friday, June 22, TUKO.co.ke has lerant.
The MD stunned the committee members when he divulged that sampled sugar brands tested positive for exessive levels of copper and lead, beyond the required maximum for human consumption.
He told the parliamentary committee that Kenyans could be consuming sugar with 18 times more than the recommended levels of the metals.
He however, clarified there was no mercury detected in the sweetener during the rigorous exercise contrary to claims by Matiang'i that netted sugar contained huge amounts of the heavy metal.
His revelations however created more confusion when he revealed tests to detect mercury in the sugar were not done by KEBS, raising another question on effectiveness of government co-ordination.
Industrialisation CS Aden Mohammed also dismissed Matiang'i's position saying there was no evidence of mercury in netted contraband sugar.
The back and forth has left millions of Kenyans in a limbo even as their lives are at stake following a confirmation from a quality assurance body that sugar in the market is highly contaminated.
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