Haji closes in on Kebs staff over fakes

Mercy Mwai and Wangui Githugo @PeopleDailyKe

Top officials of the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) are set to be prosecuted in court today, the Director of Public Prosecutions has disclosed.

Appearing before the Senate Committee on Justice, Legal Affairs and Human rights chaired by Samson Cherargei, Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji said investigations on the Kebs officials are at an advanced stage.

According to him, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) director George Kinoti is currently finalising his investigations on those responsible for the substandard goods that have made their way into the Kenyan market.

“The DCI is at an advanced stage in his investigations and soon we are going to prosecute all those behind these matters,” he said.

Accompanied by officials from his office, Haji said Kebs will be taken to court for allowing substandard fertiliser into the country.

This came after it emerged that farmers in the maize growing area were sold to a mixture of ground pieces of bottles and sand disguised as subsidised fertiliser.

And earlier, Haji found himself in an unfamiliar territory when he was forced to recant remarks that he had stated before the  parliamentary committee where he criticised the modus operandi of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

He told MPs almost all files presented to him by EACC lacked  adequate evidence to prosecute some of the high profile corruption cases they have been pursuing.

He said he had returned 56 files that had been submitted to them for action due to lack of adequate evidence as only one file had sufficient evidence to withstand prosecution.

Haji revealed that all the files touching on the four governors and the saga on Sh3.2 billion land on which Ruaraka High and Drive in Primary schools sit had been returned to the commission on Monday as they had glaring gaps that need to be addressed before prosecution is done.

Senators present, including James Orengo (Siaya), Mutula Kilonzo Jr (Makueni), Mithika Linturi (Meru), Amos Wako (Busia), Mohammed Faki (Mombasa) demanded to know whether the country is serious on the war against corruption.

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