No arrests yet in toxic food puzzle

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 00:00 |
Toxic food puzzle.

At least six people recorded statements at Kikuyu Police Division in Kiambu county  yesterday regarding the donation of contaminated food by unknown people at Karai and Nachu villages in Kikuyu constituency on Sunday.

The food aid consisted of maize flour, sugar and green peas packaged in red non-woven bags branded with names of Deputy President William Ruto and Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa while some packages bore the name of Dagoretti South MP John Kiarie.

By the time of going to press, detectives from the county had not arrested any person in connection with the matter.

However, the county director of criminal investigation Jeremiah Kinga said sleuths had already opened an inquiry into the incident. 

Speaking to People Daily, Kinga said investigations are ongoing to unravel the puzzle that left at least 20 people ill after consuming the suspected poisonous foodstuff.

Establish contents

“We will issue a statement once we get something substantial,” he said on phone.

Detectives had also not identified the owner of a land cruiser vehicle of number plate KCU 351 A said to have distributed  the food items.

The county Public Health department had by last evening submitted samples of the suspected contaminated foodstuff to the Government Chemist. 

Results to establish the toxic contents in the foodstuff are expected today.

Persons admitted to various hospitals after consuming the food items were discharged after doctors gave them a clean bill of health.

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