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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,23RD JUNE 2018-Interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi together with his Trade counterpart Adan Mohamed who had openly differed on the toxicity of sugar impounded in different parts of the country now says they are both committed to the fight against contraband.
In a joint statement issued by the two cabinet secretaries did not portray the shouting traits earlier seen between the two.
Te statement, also shared on their Twitter accounts, the two ministers chose to use the word “contaminated” rather than poisonous to describe the impounded sugar.
“During the crackdown, the multi-agency team has confiscated some sugar that was found to have been contaminated as a result of poor handling and storage,” they stated.
“Any goods that have been confiscated as part of the ongoing crackdown that do not meet Kenyan standards will be destroyed in line with the legal requirements.”
This was a departure from the tone on Wednesday when Mr Mohamed questioned results of chemical tests on samples of counterfeit sugar. This was a challenge against Mr Matiang’i’s announcement a week earlier.
“To the best of our knowledge, there is no indication of anything like mercury that has been found in any of those sugars,” he said. “Additional tests have been done and no traces have been found.”
But a week earlier, while speaking after a consignment of sugar had been impounded in Busia, Mr Matiang’i had said traces of poisonous mercury had been found.