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32 top KEBS, KRA Officials arrested over substandard rice imports

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Detectives have arrested 32 top Kenya Bureau of Standards-KEBS and Kenya Revenue Authority officials for allowing into the country substandard rice from Thailand.

DCI Officer George Kinoti said that the officials are from Nairobi and Mombasa KEBS and KRA regional offices.

Among those netted on Saturday are KEBS Coast regional Officer Martin Nyakiamo, Charles Ongwae, Eric Chesire, Erick Onyango, Peter Ndung’u, Daniel Kimonge, Roy Mwanthi, Karim Dharamshi among other top officials.

Detectives have also netted Kiprono Bullut, David Mbogori, Dorothy Wanja, Michael Juma Ahmed Dhahir among other top KRA officials.

Kinoti revealed that Mombasa Port health official Pole Mwangemi was also arrested for willingly allowing into the market substandard rice despite having full knowledge of the harmful effects of the product to Kenyans.

Kinoti said that detectives are pursuing more officials from the two government bodies mandated with inspecting the quality and standards of products imported into the country through the Port of Mombasa.

In June this year, KEBS Managing Director Charles Ongwae and nine other top officials were arrested over substandard fertilizer imports.

They were interrogated over the influx of contraband goods and circulation of forged KEBS stamps.