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COFEK in trouble after reply to Moha Jicho Pevu’s defense of contraband sugar

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:

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.

Featured photo: Nation

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