Mps want CS Adan Mohammed to resign over toxic sugar remarks

Trade and Industrialization Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohammed. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Members of Parliament now want Trade and Industrialization Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohammed to resign over remarks he made that sugar being nabbed by government agencies does not entail toxic substances.

In a media briefing at parliamentary buildings, the leaders urged Mohammed to resign over such remarks terming him as a government official who does not care about the well being of Kenyan farmers, especially from the sugar belt region.

The legislators condemned the CS accusing him of allegedly protecting sugar cartels and his remarks are meant to kill the sugar industry in the country.

“The minister in charge of safeguarding a whole sector, is busy defending products that are going to kill the same sector, is that minister fit to hold that office,” said Lugari legislator Ayub Savula.

Savula insisted that the sugar nabbed is raw sugar that is not meant for human consumption insisting that the sugar was imported from Brazil.

He indicated that he is ready to resign over the matter if it emerges that the sugar was not imported from Brazil and the CS will not resign.

“I am ready to resign as an mp to ensure that Adan is sacked because you cannot play around with economy of farmers of western Kenya,”Savula said.

The legislators insisted that the government must protect the local sugar companies.

They said that if the CS will not resign then there is a need for President Uhuru Kenyatta to sack him over his alleged precarious statement.

On Wednesday, Trade and Industry Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohammed questioned the chemical test results conducted on samples of counterfeit sugar claiming it was laced with components of mercury and copper.

It is these results that were disclosed by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i alarming Kenyans across the country who have been consuming sugar from retail stores.

The Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti has insisted that revelations on mercury in sugar were made based on test