National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale on Friday stated that the Somali community should not be targeted in the wake of contraband sugar found in Eastleigh.
The legislator was speaking at the Sir Ali Muslim Club in Nairobi for prayers to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadhan where he noted that Islam does not condone illegal trade.
“Just like [other people], Kenyan Somalis are free to do business across the country, so that should not be used to profile them.
“Kenyan Somalis thrive in business across the country because they are hardworking. Continued ethnic profiling, by propelling propaganda that we are taking up the CBD, should stop.
“As we tighten the fight on corruption, let us all remember that every family has evil elements.
“This is what the government should crack down on,” he remarked.
The MP further added: “We have a right under the Constitution … those contravening the law are individuals, not Muslims or Somalis, who must be dealt with in accordance with the law.”
Last week, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i warned of the presence of a killer substance in some of the sugar feared to be in the Kenyan market.
Addressing the press at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters, Dr Matiang’i indicated that tests on the seized contraband sugar found in Eastleigh showed it contained copper and mercury.
Authorities had impounded 1,365 bags of sugar and subjected it to chemical analysis. The consignment included 199 and 49 bags of sugar from Brazil and Zambia respectively.