May 24, 2019

Karua hits out at three CSs over controversial sugar

NARC Kenya leader Martha Karua has alleged that three cabinet secretaries owe the country an explanation over the failure to have ‘contraband’ sugar withdrawn from the market.

She put on the spot CSs Fred Matiang’i (Interior), Adan Mohammed (Industrialization) and Sicily Kariuki (Health), asking Kenyans to mount pressure on them to declare the whereabouts of the sugar.

Addressing an annual conference for lady accountants at the Sarova Whitesands beach resort yesterday, Karua reiterated Kenyans no longer trust local sugar brands because of reports about lead and copper-laced sugar that has never been withdrawn weeks after it was reported in the country.

“I have personally boycotted sugar until the bad one is withdrawn. This means Kenyans can no longer trust even the local brands. Let them withdraw their rotten sugar so we can buy our local stuff,” she said.

Karua pointed out she was happy with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji for taking action on controversial sugar, National Youth Service and other cases of graft within a short time in office.

“He (Haji is the best DPP the country has ever had. He has taken action against graft and impunity,” she said.

On the governors immunity call, the veteran politician said it amounted to impunity for council chairman and Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok to call for protection of governors against prosecution saying that can only be reserved for a sitting president who is a sign of national unity.

In a statement, Nanok had said governors wanted to be given the same treatment like the President as they are also heads of government.

“We cannot afford to give impunity to anybody else except the president who can later be held to account once out of office. The governors and anybody other person should carry their cross as individuals,” Karua said.

Ms Karua was flanked by the Institute of Certified Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) Julius Mwatu and conference convener Ms Susan Oyatsi.

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