22 MCAs arrested for soliciting for bribes at a soft drinks plant in Kilifi
18 October 2016, 10:41
Kilifi - A total of 22 Members of the Mombasa County Assembly were arrested Monday morning after they tried to solicit for bribes at a soft drinks plant at Kikambala area in Kilifi County.
Though the Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission declined to reveal the inner details of the incident, the 22 MCAs are in the Mombasa County assembly Health Committee which was investigating Dasani water product which they said has some particles and pieces of cotton wool.
The Health Committee Chair who is also the Miritini Ward Representative, Swaleh Kibwana Baya last week led the Committee in grilling the Coca- Cola Company Chief Executive Officer Ibrahim Al- Khoury who appeared before the Committee on Friday last week to give assurance of the product to consumers.
It was then that the Mombasa County Assembly committee decided to visit the plant early Monday morning to investigate the matter before they were arrested.
When contacted, the EACC Coast regional Chief Officer Simon Cherpka however said that investigations were still underway and they could not issue any statement to the media.
The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) Coast region Chief Officer Martin Nyakiamo already barred the plant from processing Dasani water last week until investigations into the safety of the product are complete.
“We ordered the Coca- Cola Company which owned the Coast bottlers plant at Kilifi to immediately stop processing Dasani water until the health and safety issues raised by the Mombasa County assembly Health Committee are fully addressed after the investigations,” added Mr. Nyakiamo.
The Coca- Cola Company was last week forced to recall its half-litre Dasani water processed between 16th and 18th September this year which are about 6,500 units, until the issue raised is solved.
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