March 18, 2019

Close to 6 million Kgs of fertiliser with mercury released to the market in Kenya

By SAM KIPLAGAT for Daily Nation

A court has summoned Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) acting Managing Director Bernard Nguyo to explain why he has defied a directive on testing fertiliser alleged to contained mercury.

Mr Ongwae and other government officials are accused of unlawfully releasing to OCP-K Limited, 5,846,000 kilograms of substandard compound fertiliser containing mercury.

Issuing the directive on Wednesday, Milimani Principal Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot said there was evidence that Mr Nguyo was aware of the order for him to be part of the team that would test the fertiliser in Mombasa. 

He said accused persons, including former Kebs MD Charles Ongwae, travelled to Mombasa but Mr Nguyo and his team failed to show up.

The MD is required to appear in court on March 12.T

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