Kipipiri MP Amos Kimunya has condemned Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i for declaring that the contraband sugar imported into the country contains mercury, among other toxic substances.
Speaking during a conference in Mombasa, Kimunya accused Matiang’i of being “inexperienced and an activist showoff,” adding that he is working at the expense of a huge risk of Kenya’s economy.
Criticising Matiangi’s move to announce that the contraband contains mercury, Kimunya maintained that such information should not have been shared with the media or the public in general.
Kimunya wondered: “When a cabinet secretary stands up and says that Kenyan sugar has mercury, what are Kenyans supposed to do?
He further stated that he has been a minister for over 10 years and that some matters need not be shouted to the media.
“Imagine a tourist in America, who had booked to come to Kenya and reads headlines that a cabinet secretary has said that Kenyan sugar has mercury and is coming to our hotel. Will he come?” Kimunya added.
According to the former Minister, the wars on the contraband sugar is damaging the country’s image, which may significantly affect the tourism sector.
Kimunya expressed: “And we keep blaming the Americans that they are giving travel advisories and it is because of our inexperience and activism even in government that we are now trying to kill the same economy we are hoping to build.
“Let’s pray for Kenya and try to teach people that there are secrets you don’t go telling people just to appear you are the minister who is working the most,” highlighted the legislator.
He also mentioned that if the tourism sector dies then the Big Four agenda would not be achieved by President Uhuru Kenyatta since investors would be scared away.