5,000 bags of sugar that is suspected to contain mercury have been stolen from the Ballore godown in Changamwe, Mombasa.
The 5,000 bags were part of the consignment that had been seized by government in an exercise that saw more than 1,000,000 bags of suspected sugar being netted.
The news of 5,000 bags of suspected poisonous sugar going missing means Kenyans will soon be consuming it in their daily cup of tea.
According to Changamwe Sub-County Police Commander, another 300 bags of “good” sugar were stolen from the same godown by “unknown” people.
The Police Commander said seven people have already been arrested in connection with the disappearance of the 5,000 bags of sugar.
The disappearance of the sugar raises questions over the safety of Kenyans even after the government announced of the fight against contraband goods in the country.
It is not yet clear the businessman the 5,000 bags of stolen sugar belonged to but the police say they are pursuing “crucial” leads.
The contraband sugar adds to the list of many other counterfeits that have flooded the Kenyan market, with most of them being consumables.
Stats show that over 76 percent of goods that Kenyans are consuming are counterfeits with corruption being a major hindrance in the fight against the menace.
Kenya’s Sugar Sector
Kenya’s sugar sector is on its deathbed. Almost all public factories in the country are in an economic coma with no hope of seeing the light of the next day.
Mumias Sugar Company and Nzoia Sugar are among the ailing sugar factories in Kenya with whom the government holds a majority of shares.
The government pledged to bring Mumias Sugar Company from the woods but the more the days pass by, the more the factory sinks into an unknown future.
Plans are underway to privatise all the government-owned sugar factories in Kenya.