COMMITTEE CONCLUDES TOXIC SUGAR PROBE AMID CHALLENGES

NAIROBI–The joint parliamentary committee on trade and agriculture is accusing key government agencies of frustrations as it wound up its probe on the sugar saga.

The committee which is expected to table its report in parliament next week, faulted key government investigating agencies of failing to honour committee summons.

For over a month, parliament has been investigating the suspected circulation of contaminated sugar in the country.

A joint committee comprising of the trade and agriculture committee that was spearheading the probe held numerous sessions trying to unearth the truth.

A fortnight ago, members of the committee, however, received a grave indictment from fellow legislators after their preliminary findings were declared unsatisfactory.

Facing disapproval and working on a deadline, the Kanini Kega and Adan Haji co-chaired committee was forced to wind up its activities on Friday after the government’s multi-agency team carrying out parallel investigations into the matter failed to turn up for the last two sessions.

Despite the no-show and lack of additional information from key government investigating agencies, the committee is adamant it has gathered the necessary information to draw a conclusion on the probe.

During its period of inquiry, the committee disclosed that it suffered from what it termed as open noncompliance from key witnesses.

The committee further expects to receive a joint independent report by Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS) and the University of Nairobi that was commissioned by parliament on Monday before it retreats to draw the final report set to be tabled on Wednesday.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK