Kenafric confectionery company licensed to sell sugar

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Kenafric confectionery company licensed to sell sugar


Kenafric Industries President Bharat Shah at a press conference in Nairobi. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA

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Summary

  • MEPs recommended that Kenafric Industries Limited be struck out of a report by the Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperatives Committee on the crisis facing the sugar industry.
  • On March 6, 2015, lawmakers decided not to receive submissions from Kenafric despite a request from the company’s advocates and instead urged her to seek redress after the report was finalized, if she felt wronged.

A parliamentary team cleared one of Kenya’s largest confectionery companies from a damning report implicating it as one of the manufacturers repackaging imported industrial sugar for sale locally as table sugar.

The Implementation Committee recommended that Kenafric Industries Limited be removed from a report by the Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperatives Committee on the crisis facing the sugar industry.

The team had requested the cancellation of import licenses for Kenafric Industries, Czarnikov EA Ltd, Stuntwave Ltd, Mshale Commodities and Rising Star Commodities Ltd.

On March 6, 2015, the committee decided not to receive submissions from Kenafric despite a request from corporate advocates and instead urged him to seek redress after the report was finalized, if he felt aggrieved.

The report, in fact, condemned Kenafric without giving him a hearing and the company took legal action, suing the President of the National Assembly Justin Muturi. In August, the president ruled that the implementation committee should give Kenafric a chance to present his case for reconsideration as well as offer the House an opportunity to remedy a procedural oversight.

The committee chaired by Moitalel ole Kenta invited Kenafric, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Kenya Sugar Authority to hear their case.

The committee said the basis for the allegations against Kenafric came from the Sugar Directorate, then the Kenya Sugar Board and the Agriculture Committee.

Mr. Kenta has now recommended that the Assembly reconsider its resolution.

“The committee recommends that the Chamber delete the name” Kenafric Industries Limited “from its resolution of February 24, 2016, as it appears in its recommendation of the report of the Departmental Committee of Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperatives on the Crisis facing the Sugar Industry in Kenya, ”Mr. Kenta said in a new report.

Kenafric Industries chairman Bharat Shah told lawmakers that the company has complied with the terms of its license over the 30 years of sugar importing activity.

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