6 suspects have been arrested following the sugar scandal worth Ksh 163 million and are expected to be arraigned in court.
Chrispas Waithaka, who is said to be the mastermind behind the theft of the condemned sugar was arrested at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on his arrival from Dubai on Saturday, May 20.
Waithaka had secured anticipatory cash bail of Ksh 100,000 before his arrest and faces charges of the theft and distribution of sugar.
“He was in possession of a copy of an interim order for anticipatory bail of Ksh 100,000 granted by High court in Mombasa vide criminal Miscellaneous Application number E067/2023 DATED 19 May 2023,” read the police notice as quoted by Daily Nation.
Waithaka and Assets and cargo limited company, which the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) mentioned in its letter to KRA were requesting to not destroy the sugar and, instead be kept for its conversion to ethanol through distillation despite approval by Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and National Standards Council it emerged that the sugar was never converted to ethanol and instead it disappeared.
Other suspected traders are from Mombasa, Nairobi, and Kajiado Counties where two were arrested in Eastleigh, one from Kitengela Kajiado County, and another one from Mombasa.
Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has so far retrieved only 14 out of 20000 bags of contaminated sugar that were imported in the year 2018 where the sugar was packed in 50 kg bags and stored in a warehouse in Makongeni, Thika.