Director in condemned sugar saga claims DCI tortured him

Friday, July 7th, 2023 00:50 | By
Embakasi North MP James Gakuya. PHOTO/Print
Embakasi North MP James Gakuya. PHOTO/Print

A director whose company is at the centre of the disappearance of the 20,000 bags of condemned sugar yesterday narrated the ordeal he went through when the consignment vanished from his godown in Thika early this year.

Peter Mwangi, who is the owner of Vine Park Industries that was to convert the condemned sugar into Ethanol, told lawmakers who sit in the committee on Trade chaired by Embakasi North MP James Gakuya, how upon realising the sugar had been stolen from the warehouse collapsed only to find himself in the hands of officers from Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) when he gained consciousness.

Mwangi who had been summoned to shed light on the matter could not control himself and had to literally fight off tears as he explained how he was tortured and harassed by the said officers.

Mwangi told the committee upon his arrest he was then transferred to Mombasa where he was detained for 72 hours without food and without access to washrooms to relieve himself.

The probe comes after last month, Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) Managing Director Lt. Col (Rtd) Bernard Njiraini and several KRA officials were suspended over the release of condemned sugar.

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