Kipipiri MP Amos Kimunya has criticized Interior CS Fred Matiang’i for claiming some of the contraband sugar imported into the country contains mercury, among other cancer-causing chemicals. Kimunya accused Matiang’i of being ‘inexperienced’ and an ‘activist’ so as to be seen to be working at the expense of a huge risk to Kenya’s economy.
Matiang’i on Wednesday said results of tests carried out on 1,400 bags of contraband sugar at the government chemist shows that Kenyans may have been feeding on copper, mercury, yeast and moulds for years. On Friday, Kimunya said such information should never be released to the public. He spoke at the close of the 43rd Kenya Secondary School Heads Association annual conference in Mombasa.
Kimunya said the sugar wars in the country may look like entertainment on face value but it is damaging the country’s image, which may significantly affect the tourism sector. He said such statements are unwarranted to preserve the country’s image. He said he has been a cabinet minister for over 10 years and that some matters need not be shouted to the media.
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