Police bust cartel feeding Kenyans on toxic rice

Police sources intimated that this could just be the tip of an iceberg a larger cartel where expired rice was being repackaged to dupe unsuspecting Kenyans.

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14 – Sleuths drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation on Tuesday seized tonnes of toxic rice that was being re-packaged into new bags in Nairobi’s Kariobangi estate.

DCI boss George Kinoti confirmed to The Sun Weekly that several suspects had been arrested in the ongoing raid that started in Tuesday morning.

He says more suspects are being sought, including owners of the go-down known as Kimende Stores.

Police sources intimated that this could just be the tip of an iceberg a larger cartel where expired rice was being repackaged to dupe unsuspecting Kenyans.

The detectives from Parklands found several suspects repackaging the rice into new bags bearing expiry dates from June 2019 to 2021.

The consignment branded ‘Amar’ and ‘Day to Day’ was being packaged into new bags under the name ‘Red Rose’ and ‘Peacock Parboil Five Star’.

The raid follows a tip-off to the multi-agency team that included police and public health officials.