MPs now want DCI to probe importation of contaminated sugar

The National assembly joint committees on Agriculture and Trade are on the spot following its sugar report that was shot down by members of the house on Thursday.

National Assembly Majority Whip Benjamin Washiali and Minority Whip Junet Mohammed have expressed their displeasure in the manner the two committees probed the sugar scandal and now want the directorate of criminal investigations to take over the matter.

Speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing joint retreat of the Procedure and House Rules Committee, the House Business Committee and the Liaison Committee, the whips said DCI should now take over the matter and ensure those who broke the law are held accountable.

While poking holes on the sugar report, the leaders accused the two committees of wasting taxpayers’ money and failing to provide a solution. Before shooting down the report, MPs rejected an amendment by Homabay County MP Gladys Wanga seeking to hold treasury CS Henry Rotich, former trade CS Adan Mohammed and former agriculture CS Willy Bett responsible for allowing importation of contaminated sugar.

And while Pokot South MP David Pkosing has defended the decision to protect Rotich, a section of MPs drawn from western Kenya maintain their colleagues were compromised to protect the Treasury CS.

MPs from sugarcane growing areas are expected to meet on Monday to strategize on lobbying the Presidency to intervene on the sugar crisis.








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