KEBS MD Charles Ongwae arrested in Contraband sugar probe

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,22ND JUNE 2018-Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) Managing Director Charles Ongwae has been arrested over the ongoing investigations into contraband sugar.

His arrest comes a day after he  told the National Assembly Committee on Trade and Industry that tests on impounded sugar samples had found high levels of copper, but did not find any traces of mercury as claimed by Interior secretary Fred Matiang’i.

Mr Ongwae was taken to  the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters in Nairobi on Friday afternoon for questioning.

Nine other Kebs top officials have also been arrested including quality assurance and inspection director, Mr Eric Chesire, and head of the inspection department, Mr Eric Ochieng.

Police are questioning  them on the bad sugar that has been seized in raids across the country and issues touching on Kebs sticker marks.

It is not  clear when he will be set free.Journalists were  camping outside DCI headquarters waiting for a word from him if he is free.

 

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