Counterfeit sugar nabbed in Kitale

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The contraband sugar saga has taken centrestage in recent days
The contraband sugar saga has taken centrestage in recent days

Police in Kitale arrested a suspect in connection with counterfeit sugar, believed to have been sneaked into the country from Uganda. Speaking to the press in Kitale, Trans Nzoia County police commissioner Samson Ole Kine said the suspect imported more than five hundred bags of sugar, which were hidden in a warehouse in Laini Moja, Kitale town.

He said the suspect is helping polic ein their investigations and will be arraigne din court onc ethey are done with investigations. Furthermore, the police commissioner added that a team of specialists were deployed to check the dangerous substances in the sugar.

 

This incident is logged among other series of police raids, targeting counterfeit goods, mainly sugar, with several bags impounded in different parts of the country in the past two weeks. Speaking during the weekend, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula and Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa urged the government to take action against those involved in the illegal sugar importation. “We can’t sit back and watch some companies importing cheap sugar laced with poisonous substances that will affect the health of our people. The government must arrest those people behind the scam and retrieve licences of the companies responsible for this,” said Wetangula.

On his part, Dr. Chris Wamalwa said the way some companies have been carrying out their businesses leaves a lot to be desired and called on the government to probe KRA officials, who’ve been cooperating in the illicit trade.