MPs were shocked to learn that 51 containers containing contaminated cooking oil had gone missing from a warehouse linked to Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho's family.
The disappearance of a multi-million shilling cargo held at the Portside Freight terminals in Shimanzi, Mombasa County, was discovered when members of the National Assembly's Committee on Trade paid a visit to the warehouse.
MPs learned that the cooking oil, which had been held at the facility since 2018, had been "stolen" by unknown individuals.
It was unclear when the goods were "stolen" from the warehouse.The MPs also said the warehouse was operating illegally.
The MPs, led by chairman Adan Haji Ali, requested that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) investigate and arrest those responsible for the cargo theft, which is suspected of having made its way into the market.
Ali also put the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) on notice for failing to protect contaminated goods in their custody.
A multi-agency team is said to have stored the containers in the facility three years ago after they were found to be unfit for human consumption.
Lawmakers demanded that the KRA revoke the facility's license for failing to raise the alarm following the containers' disappearance.
"There is no doubt that 51 containers of edible cooking oil were stolen from this portside container facility, and sadly, this edible oil is unfit for human consumption," Ali added.
Photo: Members of National Assembly Committee on Trade.
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