• Once the investigation is concluded, the DCI is expected to forward the case to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) for further action.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has arrested top officials from Kenya National Trading Corporation (KNTC) and bank personnel concerning a Ksh.16.5 billion edible oil import probe.

The arrests were carried out by DCI sleuths, who picked up the officials from their offices and are currently conducting interrogations at the DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road.

An unnamed DCI official has stated that the arrested individuals, including the bank official who guaranteed the funds, are providing their statements regarding the matter.

“We are investigating whether taxpayers' money may have been lost. We are investigating to know how KNTC secured the funds and whether the import of food items including edible oils, sugarcane and others, was done properly," said the official.

Once the investigation is concluded, the DCI is expected to forward the case to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) for further action.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is also conducting its investigation into the matter, as it has been revealed that Kenyans may have suffered losses of Ksh.16.5 billion due to tax waivers.

Earlier this year, former Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria, who has since joined the civil service, defended the controversial deal, asserting that it was conducted transparently.

However, recent developments have put the importation saga under scrutiny, prompting Members of Parliament to question Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi about the value of money in importing food items such as rice, sugar, and maize.