Matiang’i issues only condition to answer questions on toxic sugar before MPs

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In a letter to National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibichoclaimed that the minister will only answer the committee's questions after police investigations were concluded.

According to Mr. Kibicho, Matiang'i cannot speak on the matter as it will interfere with the probe being carried out by several agencies.

"An open and detailed deliberation on these matters will prejudice not only the persons who are the subject of these investigations but also the investigation processes.

"It would fall short of the Bill of Rights and other Statutes of Parliament that offer guidance on how investigations should be undertaken," Kibicho’s letter read in part.

Matiang’i was scheduled to appear before the committee today after snubbing the Monday session which was attended by Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri, Henry Rotich (National Treasury) and Adan Mohammed (Trade).

After failing to honour the Monday session, the legislators urged him to appear before the session on Tuesday but he snubbed it.

Communication from his office indicated that he was  involved in President Kenyatta’s meeting with East African Community heads of state.

Mr Matiang’i was the first Government official to confirm that sugar meant for consumption was laced with mercury and copper. His allegations were denied by Trade CS Adan Mohammed.

Update:

Despite the letter from Kibicho, Mr Matiang'i appeared before the committee in the company of PS Kibicho.

Mr. Matiang'i apologized for not appearing before the committee on Monday and Tuesday noting that he was engaged in important security issues.

"We understand the importance of engaging with parliament; it is our duty," he said.

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