Mudavadi affirms call for a commission of inquiry;doubts committees’ effectiveness

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ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi
ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi. FILE PHOTO

ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi has once again called for the formation of a public judicial commission of inquiry to probe the contraband sugar case. According to the ANC leader, the commission of inquiry will help Kenya move to the next level in dealing with the issue. After calls for the formation of a commission of inquiry earlier in the week, he has reiterated that the work being done at the moment isn’t sufficient, “The committees of parliament aren’t giving the public sufficient confidence that they can get to the bottom of this. There are partisan positions playing out in those committees and it’s so obvious.”

On Thursday Interior CS Fred Matiang’i along with other security and interior chiefs, including PS Karanja Kibicho and Inspector General Joseph Boinnet faced the parliamentary committee as the contraband sugar probe went a notch higher. West Kenya sugar and Rai Paper chairman Jaswant Rai was also summoned, and he insisted he followed the right procedure to ensure sugar was well processed.

However, Mudavadi pointed out that the final decision by the committees will still bear marks of political inclinations. He said a public inquiry presents more options as it brings together a wide array of options including whistleblowers, documentation and procurement experts, “All things will come out and those guys who operate very smoothly behind the scenes, who are the biggest beneficiaries of this kind of trade will be brought to the fore.” He is sceptical, however, that there may be people who are scared of a public commission of inquiry because they feel they might be nabbed.