Kitui Governor Hon. Charity Ngilu has called upon the Business Community Stakeholders within the County to ensure effective adherence and sustained product quality standards compliance as per the set product regulations by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) to the consumers.
Ngilu cautioned the dealers who shall be failing to comply by the KEBS standards that their trading licences shall get revoked immediately by the County Government.This move comes after the Government’s realization of the booming contraband trade in Kenya few weeks ago that has led to massive seizures of these counterfeit goods across the country.
She said this while addressing hundreds of Kitui town based traders and youths on Tuesday, 19th June, 2018 who had staged a peaceful demonstration citing the recent cases of contraband sugar that was nabbed in Kitui town and its environments that is suspected to be having traces of mercury and copper, minerals that are hazardous to human life if consumed in large quantities.
Kitui town based traders assembled outside the County Headquarters offices in Kitui town where they were addressed by Governor Ngilu and the County Commandant of Police Anthony Kimitu who gave out a stern warning to such dealers that the law is awaiting them.The Governor stressed the need for consumer protection to ensure that the locals consume the right products free from any poison that might cause health problems upon consumption.
The fight on counterfeit goods is now at peak in Kenya following the series of illegal sugar seizures at different parts of the country including Kitui town, Mwingi town and Matuu town in Machakos where several quantities were nabbed during the ongoing countrywide counterfeit goods hunt.
Ms. Ngilu promised her commitment and close liaison with the security agencies to ensure Kitui locals are protected from the ‘ Merchants of Death ‘ and to facilitate immediate legal actions to those found with such goods as per the Kenyan laws.
Commadant Kimitu added that the hunt for counterfeit goods in Kitui is still on progress and urged the locals to report those suspected to be holding such to the relevant authorities for the actions to be taken against them.