The contraband sugar drama developed a new episode on Tuesday morning when the Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i failed to appear before a parliamentary committee investigating the same.
The fiery CS was expected to appear before the National Assembly joint committee on Agriculture and Trade to answer questions related to the saga.
Matiang’i failed to appear before the same committee on Monday and on Tuesday, after many hours of waiting, a letter from the Ministry of Interior signed by PS Karanja Kibijo came through the clerk of the National Assembly explaining that the CS needed more time.
The letter asked the MPs to reschedule the CSs meeting since he was involved in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s meeting with the East African Community heads of states among the Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda.
The CS was the first to announce the presence of sugar contaminated with mercury and copper in the country. Since then, there has been a series of sugar impounding across the country with some quarters feeling that the real culprits are being shielded.
Earlier, his counterpart Aden Mohammed industrialization dismissed the claims of the presence of sugar contaminated with mercury in the country. The CS later changed his ‘mind’ and both CSs issued a joint statement promising to ‘work together.