MPs Defend CS Henry Rotich Over Sugar Imports

  • Members of Parliament across the political divide on Thursday evening engaged in a heated debate over the report by a committee tasked to probe the importation of contraband sugar.

    The MPs were agitated by a move by Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa to initiate a motion to impeach National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich.

    Legislators during the debate also shot down an attempt by Homa Bay Woman Rep Gladys Wanga to amend the contraband sugar report to hold CSs Henry Rotich and Adan Mohammed responsible for the sugar scandal.

    [caption caption="ODM Chairman John Mbadi (PHOTO/COURTESY)"][/caption]

    ODM Chairman John Mbadi rose to the floor of the house rubbishing the intended impeachment motion as needless.

    Mbadi noted that the motion was baseless given they would not have anything to investigate the CS about as there were no details of his direct involvement in the saga.

    "Now we are moving up and down collecting signatures to impeach the CS. What will you ask us to investigate him about yet has no direct technical capacity to get involved in matters quality and standards of commodities in the country?" held Mbadi.

    Kesses MP Dr Swarup Sumra added his voice to the matter stating that the motion was aimed at diverting attention from the intended purpose of the probe.

    "You can only aim and then shoot. You do not shoot and then aim just like the impeachment move is trying to do. What the committee should have done is let Kenyans know whether the sugar in the market is safe or not," stated Sumra.

    MPs who spoke told off their colleagues for failing to finds answers on whether there was mercury in the sugar or not. 

    Ruaraka MP Tom Kajwang' echoed an earlier plea by the National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale who warned the legislators against the planned impeachment of the CS.

    Kajwang held that the impeachment motion was suspect and could be seeking to use Parliament to prevent possible prosecution of cartels at the center of the illegal sugar imports.

    Earlier on Wednesday, at least 96 MPs had appended their signatures giving the Kimilili MP a go-ahead in his push to have CS Rotich kicked out of the cabinet in connection with the sugar scandal and the Ruaraka land scandal.

    [caption caption="Kesses MP Swarup Sumra (PHOTO/COURTESY)"][/caption]