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KEBS MD among 27 suspended senior gov't officials over Uhuru-era scandal [List]

President William Ruto was briefed about the scandal that has led to the suspension of officials from KRA, DCI, KEBS, National Police, EACC among other institutions

President William Ruto DP Rigathi Gachagua and Head of Public Service Felix Koskei during the Cabinet Secretaries Retreat at Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

A scandal involving the irregular release of a consignment of condemned sugar has resulted in the suspension of several high-ranking government officials.

President William Ruto was briefed about the scandal on Wednesday, May 17.

National Treasury and Economic Planning CS Prof Njuguna Ndung'u, and Investments, Trade, and Industry CS Moses Kuria, have taken decisive administrative action following the illegal diversion of a cosignment of harmful sugar

The condemned sugar, consisting of 20,000 bags weighing 50 kilograms each, was imported into the country in 2018.

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The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) had deemed the consignment unfit for human consumption due to the absence of an expiry date specification.

Consequently, KEBS directed that the consignment be destroyed at the expense of the owner.

The consignment, instead of being appropriately disposed of, was irregularly diverted and released without adherence to proper procedures.

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The 27 government officials below were suspended pending further investigations.

Kenya Bureau of Standards

  1. Lt. Col (Rtd) Bernard Njiraini, the Managing Director
  2. Dr. Geoffrey Muriira, Director Quality Assurance and Inspection
  3. Hilda Keror, Manager Inspection, Mombasa Port Office
  4. Liston Lagat, Assistant Manager, ICDN Nairobi
  5. Rono Birgen Chief Manager, ICDN Nairobi
  6. Stephen Owuor, Principal Officer
  7. Peter Olima Joseph - Inspector, Mombasa

Kenya Revenue Authority

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  1. Joseph Kaguru
  2. Mwanja Masinde
  3. Stephen Muiruri
  4. Moses Okoth
  5. Doris Mutembei
  6. Chacha Hondo
  7. Carol Nyagechi
  8. Derick Kago

National Police Service

  1. George Mithamo
  2. Joel Kirui

Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI)

  1. Bernard Ngumbi
  2. Raphael Mwaka
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Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA)

  1. Oscar Kai
  2. Patrick Magut

Other suspended officials

  1. Joseph Maita Mweni (Port Health),
  2. Isacko Bonai (NEMA),
  3. Stephen Cheruiyot (Anti-Counterfeit Agency),
  4. Daniel Ngugi (KEPHIS),
  5. Willy Koskei (EACC),
  6. K. Edwin Ruto (KPA),

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