Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations are investigating Trade Cabinet Secretary, Peter Munya, for releasing edible oil that had been impounded.
The detectives stated that the ministry had not set conditions for the release, therefore, it was still unclear if the oil would be sold to companies so that it could be processed further or directly to consumers without Vitamin C.
The Kenya Bureau of Standards is also being investigated after it wrote to the importer, M/S Limited, disclosing that there were fortification requirements that led to the seizure of the consignment.
Later, Kebs acting Managing Director Bernard Njiraini, wrote that the CS had authorised the release of the consignment.
“The purpose of this letter is to inform you that the seizure and the order for reshipment communicated to you earlier has been lifted and the consignment shall be released to you unconditionally,” part of the letter read.
DCI boss, George Kinoti, stated that Kenyans had the right to be informed that the oil lacked vitamin A, which was a requirement in importing it, The Standard reported.
“Why should we release substandard goods without any attached condition?
“I will not hesitate to invite the CS for questioning. The same will apply to other officials,” the DCI boss noted.
In September 2018, a group of 51 importers wrote to President Uhuru Kenyatta stating that they had incurred losses worth millions, due to the detention of their products at the Mombasa Port.