Sh6bn meat factory scandal returns to haunt Kenyan taxpayers

The defunct Halal Meat Products Limited slaughterhouse in Ngong, Kajiado County, in a picture taken last Wednesday, February 6, 2019. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • On October 7, 2005 High Court judge Jeanne Gacheche ruled that the government had done wrong by taking over the abattoir.
  • She awarded Halal Meat Products Sh1.8 billion, but ordered that the Sh27 million loan owed by the firm be deducted from the award.

  • It has since been a cat-and-mouse game between the Mothas and government.    

One of Kenya’s forgotten scandals, the 45-year-old Halal abattoir in Ngong, has resurfaced, and the taxpayer will, once again, shoulder the Sh5.7 billion burden of the private meat venture that went terribly wrong in the 1970s.

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