Man suspected of selling doping substances to athletes arrested
Ministry of Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario and Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board Kenya CEO Daniel Yumbiya, led a crackdown on a chemist in Nairobi’s Central Business District on Wednesday over suspicion of selling doping supplements.
Police were also part of the operation on the chemist located near Kencom Bus Stage in Nairobi arresting the chemist owner Robin Kungu.
Enraged by the raid, Kungu took his frustrations to the streets, where the public had gathered, to express his grievances.
The operation came about after an expose was aired on Citizen TV in March 2015 in a four part series on doping titled Poisoned Spikes.
The series mentioned the chemist as one of the stores engaged in doping, something that did not go down well with the chemist owner who threatened to sue the station unless they publicly retracted the story.
Police officers had to intervene when Kungu sought to confront the CS Wario and that is when the proprietor took his grievances to the public.
Eventually, the suspect was bundled into a police car and driven to Nairobi area police station for questioning.
One of the allegations labelled against him is operating a chemist without a license for the products he is selling.
“In this report and in a German exposé, one chemist was consistently mentioned. I wrote to the relevant bodies to act because they are doing these things under our nose,” said Wario.
“This crackdown is just the beginning. We will sustain it.”
Daniel Yumbiya said one athlete was caught in the shop buying supplements that are used for doping adding that the athletes will be used either as a suspect or a victim.
Similar raids were conducted in Kapsabet on Wednesday morning where a suspected quack doctor and lab technician were arrested on suspicion of providing banned substances to athletes.
At least 47 athletes have failed doping tests in Kenya since 2012.