John Kariuki a suspect in sale of expired rice

Nairobi court has detained two men in connection with selling harmful rice for ten days pending the completion of investigations by the police.

Milimani Law Courts Senior Resident Magistrate Paul Mayova yesterday detained John Mbugua and Jeremiah Kuria after a successful application by the prosecution.

“The respondents should be remanded at Parklands Police Station for a period of 10 days to enable the DCI parklands officer’s complete investigations,” said Mayova.

In affidavit filed by Lorara Ewoi, the court was informed that the suspects were arrested on May 15, 2029 at Kariobangi South in Nairobi County and booked at Parklands police station.

The investigation officer told the court that during the investigations, the respondents were found to be repackaging several bags of assorted expired rice into bags of foreign brands with extended expiry dates.

The prosecution said that the matter is of public interest since it touches on the health of almost all Kenyans who consume rice and other commodities under investigated.

“Releasing the two at this stage will jeopardize investigations since intelligence indicate that most of the unwholesome rice and other food stuffs are kept in several stores within Nairobi and other towns in the republic which the respondents are yet to lead investigations for recovery and may assist and facilitate removal from the stores and markets they had supplied if released,” said Ewoi.

He said that the response is yet to be obtained at the registrar of companies to find out the directors of the company used by the respondents trading as S.K NAFAKA stores and their addresses to ensure they are brought to book.

The officer told the court that preliminary investigations have revealed that the investigation team require to further its investigations to the report of Mombasa to authenticate the provided import documents and also visit representatives of the foreign companies whose packaging bags were found being used by the respondents for collection of samples and statement recording.

“Considering the fact that the respondents are suspected to have supplied rice and other food stuffs unfit for human consumption, it is necessary to carry out investigations to the suspected supplied markets all over the country of which requires a lot of time,” said Ewoi

The officers added that the investigations are being carried out in collaboration with the public Health team, KEBS, KRA and office of the DPP and most of these agencies require time for sampling and conducting analysis on the suspected unwholesome rice in possession of the respondents.

“The recovered rice is unwholesome and not fit for human consumption,” said Ewoi.

Ewoi added that the investigations were brought by intelligence report that the suspects were packaging rice that was believed to be expired and unfit for human consumption and the same was confirmed by police officers on patrol.

The investigation team is led by the in-charge DCI park-lands IP Nathan Njoroge.

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