KEBS Officials To Be Charged With Attempted Murder Over Importation Of Substandard Fertilizer – DPP

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Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has ordered for the arrest of 9 Madras Security Printers Private Limited directors following the importation of Sh800 million of unfit standardization mark purchased by Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS).

According to Haji, the government paid over Sh800 million for the supply of the mark which upon investigations turned out to be sub-standard.

As the DPP embarks on the fight against fake goods, he ordered DCI boss George Kinoti to apprehend the suspects as they wait to be arraigned in court.

The directors are accused of conspiracy to defraud, breach of trust, abuse of office and cheating.

“Under the contract, the company had committed itself to the delivery and supply of high quality security features standardization mark complete with traceability to KEBS database. This was meant to protect local industry from unscrupulous traders in order to provide a fair business environment,” Haji’s statement reads in part.

Also in on the importation of sub-standardized KEBS mark is the Managing Director, Charles Ongwae who was earlier on in the day arrested alongside nine others over the mercury laced sugar.

The MD while appearing before a parliamentary committee said that the sugar was not contaminated with mercury but instead had traces of lead and copper.

Mr Ongwae, alongside four other KEBS officials have also been found to have allowed into the country counterfeit fertilizer from Morocco.

The fertilizer, imported by OCP Kenya failed to meet the standard set by KEBS and was therefore declared rejected.

The fertilizer, Haji says was neither destroyed nor re-shipped but some how found its way into the market.

The OCP Kenya and KEBS officials will be charged with attempted murder, breach of trust, aiding the commission of a felony, abuse of office and selling of substandard goods.