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DCI seize expired diapers worth Sh38m in Mulolongo, 6 arrested

Detectives from Serious Crime Investigative Unit Athi River sub-County in Machakos County examine the altered expiry date and fake KEBS sticker on Ezee diapers imported from China during a morning raid of a warehouse at Syokimau off Mombasa Road in Machakos County on Friday October 19, 2018/COURTESY

Detectives from Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters have arrested six workers found repackaging expired diapers worth Ksh. 38 million at a go-down in Mlolongo.

The product was being repackaged ready for sale when the officers raided the go-down on Friday.

The officers said they were looking for officials of the agency that cleared the cargo as well as the importer, said to be a prominent transporter.

Also wanted are the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) officials who inspected and cleared the products.

George Kinoti, the DCI boss, said the people arrested were found imposing fake Kebs stickers on the diaper packages while erasing the expiry dates.

“They want to kill our future generations with expired products. We want to know how they got here,” he said.

Mr Kinoti added that the detectives, acting on a tip, had to force their way into the go-down.

The diapers were alleged to be made in China.

Kinoti said investigations would establish if any of the diapers had already been taken to the market.

“We urge Kenyans, especially parents, to be keen when buying some of these products. Among other things, they should always check the expiry dates,” he said, adding that the Government would not relent in the war against unscrupulous traders.

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