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Mumias-branded sugar in supermarket not ours, miller says

A man picks sugar
A man picks sugar at a supermarket in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

On the day that some legislators raised the red flag over presence of Mumias-branded contraband sugar in the market, the miller confirmed to the Business Daily that the sweetener is indeed not from its factory.

“The miller last produced white sugar in February. The sugar being sold in supermarkets in Nairobi and elsewhere and packaged in Mumias Sugar-branded packets is not from our factory,” the firm’s acting chief executive Patrick Chebosi said on Tuesday.

“I have contacted the board chairman (Kenneth Ngumbau Mulwa) and raised the issue with him. We are calling for investigations into the matter and warning the public to be alert on the presence of fake sugar in the market.”

Three MPs from the sugar belt region had raised the alarm on contraband sugar Tuesday saying they have sought the intervention of President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to determine the source of the sugar. At a press conference in Parliament Buildings, Godfrey Osotsi (Nominated MP), Florence Mutua (Busia Woman rep) and Caleb Amisi (Saboti) asked DCI boss George Kinoti to look into the matter.

They carried with them one 2kg packet of the alleged contraband sugar they said was procured from Safeway Hypermarket in Hurlingham Monday evening.

The sugar is retailing at Sh345 per packet and had no production or expiry date.

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