22 Mom­basa MCAs linked to bribery

The Star (Kenya) - - News - STAR REPORTER @TheS­tarKenya

The Ethics and Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion is in­ves­ti­gat­ing bribery al­le­ga­tions against 22 Mom­basa MCAs, who yes­ter­day went to in­spect the Coca Cola Bot­tling Com­pany over im­pu­ri­ties al­legedly found in a wa­ter bot­tle. The mem­bers of the Health Com­mit­tee recorded state­ments fol­low­ing the swoop by EACC in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

The MCAs had ear­lier claimed to have found pieces of cot­ton wool in bot­tles of Dasani wa­ter, and sum­moned the com­pany’s man­age­ment to de­fend it­self. De­spite re­quests for more de­tails by gen­eral man­ager Ibrahim El Khoury on Thurs­day, the MCAs rec­om­mended that the wa­ter sec­tion of the bot­tling plant in Kikam­bala, Kil­ifi county, be shut down.

The Kenya Bureau of Stan­dards vis­ited the plant and sus­pended the pro­duc­tion of Dasani wa­ter there. Re­gional man­ager Martin Nyaki­amo said the sus­pen­sion will re­main until sur­veil­lance in­spec­tors give the pro­duc­tion line a clean bill of health. He had urged mem­bers of the pub­lic who dis­cover for­eign bod­ies in bev­er­ages to re­port to the com­mit­tee. The MCAs yes­ter­day went to in­spect the plant and met EACC in­ves­ti­ga­tors on their way out.

The de­tec­tives de­manded to search their bags and wal­lets. It was not clear what they found. Mom­basa EACC boss Si­mon Cherpka said the com­mit­tee mem­bers would record state­ments. “Let’s give of­fi­cers enough time to com­plete their in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Once they are done, we will is­sue a con­crete press statement,” he said. Coca Cola re­called wa­ter that was bot­tled be­tween Septem­ber 16 and 18. The 6,500 half-litre bot­tles were to be dis­trib­uted at the Coast.

/ ELKANA JA­COB

Mom­basa and South­ern re­gion EACC boss Si­mon Cherpka at a me­dia brief­ing on March 14

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