Orengo drags Uhuru’s name into sugar scam

Orengo has argued that the President is not above the law.

The Nasa senator has asked the police to apprehend and present to court anybody named in the sugar scam, adding that even President Uhuru Kenyatta, if involved, should be named as he “is not above the law.”

“Any person involved in the sugar scandal must be apprehended and we should not fear to mention even the name of President Uhuru Kenyatta if he is involved as he is not above the law and he has openly said he is ready for lifestyle audit,” the Senator said.

Mr Orengo’s sentiments come hours after Interior CS Dr Fred Matiang’i approved the deportation of 41 foreigners linked to importation of contraband goods in the country following a series of arrests of hundreds if bags of sugar suspected to be laced with mercury and copper impurities.

Earlier, Government spokesperson Eric Kiraithe during a press conference in Mombasa had warned politicians to keep off the talks about the ongoing war on counterfeits, adding that such moves would jeopardise the ongoing efforts.

The tough talk by Mr Kiraithe comes a day after National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale claimed in parliament that he knows the high placed individuals who have been in the business of contraband products.

Mr Kiraithe's warning, at a press conference in Mombasa, even as the government stirs up the ongoing efforts to clamp down illegal imports as heat turn to the Interior CS Dr Fred Matiangi’ to reveal the identities of the dealers.

"Any political opinion that suggests that you have gone for criminal A but we think you should have gone for criminal B and C is diversionary, useless and a wasted effort.

"If there are politicians who know criminals who ought to have been targeted, they should know that going to public channels and trying to seek sympathy by protecting what they think are their constituencies are not useful,” Mr Kiraithe told a press briefing in Mombasa.

On Tuesday, Mr Duale also claimed that unscrupulous sugar barons were being protected and that several companies have been given the duty-free status.

The Garissa Town MP criticised Matiang'i's war on contraband, saying authorities were turning the blind eye on the "real culprits".

He claimed he had reliable information that the person behind the imports is also involved in the illegal logging that is wiping out forests.

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