The recent revelation by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i during a press conference after a sting that netted in access of 1300 bags of sugar in Eastleigh and Ruiru alleged to contain mercury and copper shocked many, even by Kenyan standards.
No one knows how many more bags of the ‘poisonous’ sugar termed as ‘unfit’ for human consumption by the government chemist found its way into the homes of unsuspecting Kenyans. The shocking seizure left more questions than answers.
How could such large amounts of sugar, clearly unfit for human consumption pass quality testing in order to be cleared to enter the country? Aren’t there quality checks and quality assurance processes that are supposed to be followed to prevent precisely such an incident from occurring?
Your guess of how the sugar was cleared and found its way into the country is as good as mine. It is a pointer of how low we have sunk as a country. Corruption is an unwanted gift for Kenyans that just keeps on giving. Scandals just keep coming.
Fresh on the mind of Kenyans is the NYS scandal in which well connected individuals siphoned billions of shillings from NYS accounts. This latest scrupulous theft of tax payers money follows a very familiar, well choreographed script.
Individuals are rounded up, hounded before courts facing spurious charges impossible to prove. Ultimately these suspects get away scot-free. Kenyans still vividly remember the first iteration of the grand NYS scandal which in a similar fashion saw taxpayers lose billions of shillings.
To date, no one has ever been jailed for the grand theft. As a matter of fact, some of the prime suspects have gone on to become influential political leaders. That we could elevate such individuals to some of the highest levels of political office in the country is an dire indictment of our country. That’s the state of the nation which leads me to ask, so what will be the next scandal?