According to a video circulating online, the ravaging cancer menace in the country might have been foreseen by former Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) boss, the late Kioko Mang'eli, in 2011.
Appearing before the National Assembly Committee on Agriculture at the time, Mangeli stated that despite the fact that the government knew about 5 million bags of maize imported from the USA being loaded with aflatoxin, it gave a green light for it to be sold to maize millers and the public.
Mangeli warned that cancer would hit Kenya hard in between 10 to 15 years after the population had consumed what he termed as poisonous maize.
"I am more than 100 per cent sure that it (maize contaminated with aflatoxin) affects people and that within the next 10 to 15 years, we will also have serious cases of cancer-based on this mess.
"This is true and at that particular time, maybe our health infrastructure would have worked and maybe we would have more people in the hospital," he added.
Mang'eli also claimed that the bureau was denied the chance to ascertain whether or not the maize was fit for human consumption.
According to Mang'eli, the responsibility was handed to Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) which is charged with examining seeds and crops and not human food.
Mang'eli was kicked out of office in 2009 on allegations of illegal hiring and corruption, as well as a faking of a payslip to justify his high pay.
The personnel at the standards body are charged with setting standards for every product consumed in the country.
They also inspect products to ensure businesses and individuals adhere to these standards.
In real terms, they hold the lives of Kenyans in their hands as they certify products meant for human and animal consumption.
It is, therefore, possible that the country could face serious health risks if they fail in their duty.
Here is the video courtesy of KTN:
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