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Directors of firm linked to contraband sugar charged

Nancy Gitonga and Irene Githinji @PeopleDailyKe

Three directors of a raw sugar importing firm arrested for repackaging it in brown bags in Eastleigh were yesterday charged in a Nairobi court with offering for sale, substandard white sugar worth over Sh3 million.

Dahir Ahmed Hassan, Mohammed Dahir Ahmed and Ahmed Sheikh Mohammed believed to be directors of Diamond Wholesalers stores sugar company in Eastleigh, appeared before Milimani senior principal magistrate, Martha Mutuku and denied the five counts levelled against them.

The court heard that on June 4 at Diamond Wholesalers stores in Nairobi’s Eastleigh, the accused jointly with others, not before the court, were found offering for sale 922 bags of 50kgs each of substandard white sugar valued at Sh3,070,260 million contrary to requirements of Kenya Standard Specification for white sugar.

They are also accused of offering for sale 204 bags of 50kgs each of substandard brown sugar valued at Sh679,000 contrary to the requirements.

They are further accused of applying the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) standardisation mark on white sugar Kabras brand without a permit.

The magistrate granted each of the accused a Sh2 million bond or cash bail of Sh300,000 pending hearing on September 3. The three accused persons were brought to court after police completed investigation.

And speaking separately, Deputy Head of Public Service Wanyama Musiambo said at least 28 people have been arrested in connection with contraband sugar and will soon be prosecuted.

Samples testing

Musiambo said investigations are still underway to establish whether the contraband sugar is from a single or numerous sources and when the sugar came into the country.

He said other samples of contraband sugar seized in other parts of the country have been collected and presented to government laboratories to ascertain suitability for human consumption and the results will soon be availed.

All the sugar impounded has been taken through laboratory testing to know what is contained. What we are doing is to ensure that we have all the evidence and when we go to court, we will be having a watertight case,” said Musiambo.

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