Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK) has received a backlash from a section of Kenyans on Twitter over its recent response to Nyali MP Mohammed Ali’s comment on the viral debate on the poisonous contraband sugar in the local market.
Speaking on a live TV show with Citizen TV’s Jeff Koinange, the MP watered down the debate on the contraband sugar saying the confrontation was a mere business rivalry by importers of the said product who hope to outdo each other in the market. He dismissed possibilities of mercury contamination.
But COFEK sought to enlighten the first time lawmaker. Through its Twitter page, the consumer watchdog wrote;
“Mercury is an expensive metal. Who would put that in sugar? This is about business rivalry.” Ali popularly known as Moha Jicho Pevu had said while on TV.
COFEK’s corrective tweet did not auger well with a number of users who seemingly published their disappointments with the agency. From the chain of dissatisfied respondents, we observe that COFEK is being blamed for not doing its mandate in an effective style. Users responded:
I thought this parastatal was to use this platform to conduct civic education on matters Consumer Protection and not sink to the levels of political banter and analysis. Politics is not a consumer product or covered under the Consumer Protection Act!! Stop wasting our taxes!!!
— Okoth_Ouma (@thelegalbastard) June 21, 2018
COFEK tackling the wrong problem, the question you should be asking is how the contraband unfit for human consumption found its way to consumers. Put pressure at the right spot don't take it out on Moha. Do your job or pack up and go, we have adulterated fuel, what have u done?
— Teddy Obiero (@teddyobiero) June 21, 2018
And how comes this sugar has not been recalled from the market if at all it's contaminated if at all it is that serious as you speculate.Spare us with this fiasco.
— Valentine Onchari (@ValOnchari) June 21, 2018
Cofek should go to court and ask the court to order the removal of all sugar currently selling in the country till its proved the sugar that is to be relesed for sale is fit for human consumption
— andrewkiragu (@andrewkiragu8) June 21, 2018
Even as the Nyali legislator’s remark became a critical talking point for many netizens, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale tabled a list of 4 individuals, all cabinet secretaries, whom he accused of taking part in the sugar business.
Yet, conflicting reports from the Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i have indicated that tests carried out by Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) revealed the sugar had components of copper.
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