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Contraband Sugar Netted in Bissil as Crackdown Intensifies Across the Country

More than 500 bags of contraband sugar have been seized in Kajiado County following an intensified crackdown on contaminated sugar in the country –  Agencies.

Some of the contraband sugar seized at a store in Bissil town on June 20.

The 500 bags of sugar packed in 50 Kgs sacks were seized in various wholesale and retail outlets in the county.

A team of security agents led by County Commissioner David Kipkemei on Tuesday raided several outlets in Kitengela, Isinya, Il Bissil, Kajiado and Il Bissil towns on Tuesday, where tons of unlabeled sugar were impounded.

Other unlabeled goods such as cooking oil, biscuits and rice were also seized.

Four people found repackaging contraband sugar at a store in Kitengela town were arrested.

Kipkemei said the commodity will undergo analysis with the help of KEBS and the government chemist to ascertain its content before action is taken accordingly.

“We have impounded thousands of kilograms of sugar and contraband goods. These goods are from Brazil, Zimbabwe and Uganda and are repackaged here in Kenya. I want to warn those selling contaminated sugar that they will be arrested and charged” he said

The raids come at a time when the country has been flooded with illegal sugar with police impounding thousands of bags in various parts of the country.

Earlier this month police seized 2,000 bags of sugar in a warehouse Eastleigh in the city and pronounced it unfit for human consumption.

Reports indicate that the sugar was to be transported to Mumias and Kabras sugar factories for refining and repackaging.

Some of the impounded sugar is suspected to contain mercury and copper elements which are dangerous to the human body when consumed.

However West Kenya Sugar Company yesterday, disputed claims that Kabras sugar is unfit for human consumption.

In a statement to newsrooms, the company said their sugar surpasses all the requisite quality standards, refuting claims it owned sugar seized by government agencies in Eastleigh, Nairobi.

 

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