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Firm adversely mentioned in sugar probe says innocent

Primarosa Flowers Limited says the company trades in floriculture and had stopped operations at the Athi River branch due to dry weather conditions which are not conducive for planting flowers.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 27 – One of the companies where thousands of bags of imported sugar were found in a warehouse now says the commodity belongs to a third party.

Through a statement, Primarosa Flowers Limited says the company trades in floriculture and had stopped operations at the Athi River branch due to dry weather conditions which are not conducive for planting flowers.

The company’s Chief Executive Officer stated that they had given Express Company Limited a licence to use one of the warehouses as a storage facility and points out that they used it to store the sugar that was discovered.

“In October last 2017, one of the Directors of Express Company Limited Jitendra A. Shah approached the Primarosa Flowers Limited and requested for a license to temporarily use one of the warehouses as its temporary storage facility,” the statement indicated.

“When giving the license to Express Company Limited, we agreed that the goods stored in the designated warehouse was stored at their own risks and responsibility. Express Company Limited assured Primarosa Flowers Limited that they shall use the designated warehouse in compliance with all the laws of Kenya, regulation and public policies,” the firm stated.

Primarosa has emphasized that the sugar found at the warehouse was the property of Express Company Limited.

“Investigations in relation to the quality of the sugar are ongoing, and Primarosa Flowers Limited assures the investigating authorities that they will continue to cooperate and provide any information within its knowledge that may be required by the relevant authorities,” it said.

On Monday, police impounded 12,400 bags of sugar packed in 50kg sacks at Primarosa Flowers Limited in Athi River.

Officers from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and those from the National Anti-Counterfeit Agency were present during the raid.

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