What We Are Eating Is Killing Us, Thanks To KEBS

By Juma / Published July 30, 2019 | 5:17 am



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In Kenya, our food is our poison. The fact that not all of us are dead and not every Kenyan is ailing from cancer is “by the grace.” The most painful truth is that our ignorance is killing, one by one and we shall realize this when it is too late.

Kenya is now the proverbial land of the walking dead. We are walking corpses. Our noses are sharply pointed to where we are headed, six feet under. We sleep not knowing whether tomorrow is guaranteed.

The greed of some “most powerful” individuals both within and without government will soon wipe the human race from this country called Kenya. The selfishness of some businessmen and women stinks to the high heavens and soon, generations will be wiped.

Currently, the main subject of discussion in Kenya is about cancer. People are scared. The filthy rich are shaken to the core because cancer is plugging them. The poor man on the streets has no way of escaping. Every time cancer comes calling, it is a death sentence.

The sad reality is cancer only comes to the limelight whenever a prominent person passes on. In just under one week, the nation has lost two leaders; Honourable Ken Okoth, MP for Kibra Constituency and Honourable Joyce Laboso, Governor for Bomet County.

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Stats show that at least 30,000 Kenyans die annually due to cancer. The figures are from recorded cases meaning there are thousands of others dying without knowing what is killing them.

Our pathetically equipped public health facilities, unfortunately, were not meant for the poor and ailing Kenyans to know their status when it comes to cancer.

Whenever the rich have cancer, they fly to the United Kingdom, the United States of America, France, Denmark or India. The poor are left to die.

As we talk about cancer, have we stopped to talk about the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS)?

KEBS is a premier government agency that is mandated by law for the provision of Standards, Metrology and Conformity Assessment (SMCA). The agency was established in 1974.

In simple terms, KEBS is mandated to ensuring that the goods/products that are on the Kenyan market are of quality and fit for human consumption in the case of foodstuffs, drinks and even medication. But, instead, the body is taking part in killing us.

For years now, KEBS has positioned itself like a conduit of corruption, a toothless dog that barks without biting, the main highway that is driving Kenyans into their early graves.

Corrupt individuals have been using the greedy and equally corrupt officials in KEBS to satisfy products that are poisonous and maybe the sole reason for the increased cases of cancer in the country.

What happened to the poisonous sugar that was said to be in Kenya? For months, Kenyans were treated with the drama of sugar that was contaminated with mercury, enough to cause cancer that was on the market.

It is said that more than 1,000,000 bags of poisonous sugar that was dangerous and unfit for human consumption were confiscated and perpetrators arrested.

Where did the sugar go? Chances are that the sugar was released back into the market. Nobody was jailed and no sugar was destroyed. The rich man had to get the money at the expense of poor Kenyans.

We have had cases of plastic rice coming in from China and sold to Kenyans while bearing the KEBS mark of quality, plastic cabbages and lots of other consumables.

We have had cases of contaminated meat on supermarket shelves carrying the KEBS mark of quality.

Just recently, an exposé by journalist Dennis Okari revealed just how Kenyans were being fed with cancer-causing poison that is added to the meat. The Ministry of Health ran around like a headless chicken. Nothing happened.

Naivas Supermarket was identified as one that was selling doctored meat to its customers. Following the outrageous, the meat disappeared from their shelves. Few days, both the government and the public have forgotten. The meat is back and nobody within Naivas was made answerable.

There is poisonous milk on the Kenyan market, fully branded with KEBS mark of quality. There are substandard medicines on the Kenyan market with Kenyans consuming them daily.

Truth is, our greed and ignorance are killing us. And, it is not only KEBS. Have you heard of those hotels that use painkillers to soften their githeri? Yes. That mouthwatering githeri at your favorite joint is killing you slowly. Just cook yours at home.

Have you ever gone to a butchery that is so clean that there is no single fly around? Run. Run for yourself when you still can. Chances are the meat is treated with formalin, a compound used to preserve corpses. Don’t buy that meat.

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About Juma

Juma is an enthusiastic journalist who believes that journalism has power to change the world either negatively or positively depending on how one uses it.(020) 528 0222 or Email: info@sokodirectory.com

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