Moses Kuria Goes After Electric Blanket Company Over Burnt Legs, Ropes in DCI

  • Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria admitted at Karen Hospital
    Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria admitted at Karen Hospital
  • Gatundu South Member of Parliament (MP), Moses Kuria, on Tuesday. October 26, announced that he has taken action following an accident that saw him hospitalised.

    Speaking during a meeting between the company's management and the National Assembly Committee on Health, the MP revealed that he had contacted the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

    Kuria stated that he roped in the DCI to probe Ceragem Limited, the company behind the electric mat that burnt his legs leading to hospitalisation.

    Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria addressing the media on January 10, 2020
    Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria addressing the media on January 10, 2020
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    “The company must take responsibility, I have contacted the DCI, a criminal process is taking place alongside this parliamentary process," the MP stated.

    The lawmaker questioned the company's operations in the country and its reputation in other countries where it has been before.

    During the meeting, more concerns were raised with questions emerging on how different government agencies approved the firm.

    He also stated that he would, in his personal capacity, sue the company, accusing them of taking the issue lightly.

    Ceragem Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Vincent Omallah, was asked to explain how they operate and if they, have the capacity to handle the equipment.

    “Who has authorized you to medically talk about cancer without medical personnel?” posed committee chairperson Sabina Chege. 

    “Our worry is not Moses Kuria but we are more concerned of you taking advantage of desperate Kenyans. We want to appeal to Kenyans who have used these products to talk to us," she added.

    He however insisted that their products have been approved  by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and  were safe to use.

    “The products are checked from the country of origin before they are shipped in. Before we sell them to our clients, they undergo all the processes just like any other products being imported,” he reiterated.

    Ceragem has been operating in the country for 14 years, running branches in Nairobi, Thika, Mombasa, Eldoret, Murang’a, Easleigh and Garissa.

    Kuria, who bought the electric blanket through a friend, was rushed to hospital after his feet raptured when he was using the mat. The company issued an apology to the MP for the incident.

    ODM leader Raila Odinga visiting Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria at the Karen Hospital on Tuesday, October 5
    ODM leader Raila Odinga visiting Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria at the Karen Hospital on Tuesday, October 5
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