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Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

 

Weird: Malawian father kills a step son in Mzimba

MZUZU-(MaraviPost)-The Malawi Police at Jenda in Mzimba are keeping in custody a man on the suspicion that he killed his step son by injuring him in the head and scorching his body.

According to Mzimba Police Spokesperson Peter Botha, the suspect, Bright Mwale,  injured the son to death after his mother refused to send him to spend some days with his maternal grandmother.

The son, Fatsani Zimba, met his fate last Sunday few days after his mother and the stepfather failed to compromise on the issue.

Fatsani Zimba was hailing from Phembe Village, Traditional Authority (T.A) Maulawo, while the stepfather comes from Chakwawa Village, T.A Mmbelwa in the same district.

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Exclusive: International media implicates Rwanda of terrorising her foreign citizens

Vincent Murekezi; a Victim of Rwanda spying network Was abducted while in Prison

By John Saukira 

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Rwandan President Paul Kagame is being praised for taking Rwanda into great heights internally in terms of social Economic stabilisation.

Rwanda is currently a model of many African States in terms of uplifting welfare of its people talking about housing, roads infrastructure, trade and Agriculture.

However, Kagame has another side of his life which many people do not know. According to an Australian ABC News Online article published on Monday 26 August, 2019.

In the article it is reported that Rwandan refugees residing in Australia are living in fear for being targeted by their birth country.

It is reported that that spying and interference has reached at its highest levels to the effect that domestic intelligence officials warn of unprecedented threat being posed.

Rwanda is reported to have network of spies not only in Australia but across the world.

According to ABC News, Intelligence experts say the public doesn’t fully understand the extent of the threat, or how easily migrants and refugees can be recruited as spies, often against their will.

An Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) spokesperson told ABC News Online that foreign interference and espionage was happening at an “unprecedented scale” but refused to diverge to the media detailed tactics used to recruit refugees and migrants.

According to the online, the Rwandan Government uses Ambassadors to be the chief hitmen.

The ASIO warning comes after the ABC uncovered a secret recording of an alleged Rwandan spy, filmed in a Gold Coast car park late last year.

The man can be heard explaining how the Rwandan Government runs espionage operations out of its embassies and high commissions.

When there is an embassy, the Ambassador is in charge of the secret agents,” he said on the tape.

The term “spy” often refers to anyone who gathers intelligence or information overseas, without letting their host country know what they’re doing.

Professor John Blaxland from the Australian National University said many countries had a track record of trying to use their nationals living in Australia to spy.

On Monday September 9, 2019, South African Government asked Rwandan Government to extradite two men suspected of murdering the former Rwandan intelligence chief Patrick Keregeya in a move likely to strain diplomatic relations among the two countries according to The Guardian Newspaper.

Lawyers representing Karegeya whose body was found in Michelangelo Hotel in pool of blood said South African prosecutors have ASSRED THEM THAT WARRANT of arrests on the two killers have been issued.

Malawi under threat

According to the Rwandan Online News published April 7, 2019, it is well known that Kagame tried to apply his influence over the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) even thought this was only partially successful.

He was able to setup a government that followed his orders, but it didn’t go completely as he had planned. Just as a reminder, his military was expelled from the Congo the first time by Laurent Desire Kabila.

At that time, the head of the Congolese military was General James Kabarebe who later became the minister of defense in Rwanda.

According the Rwandan report now  that he’s failed in the Great Lakes region, he wants to come down south to SADC countries.

Let us take a close look at the country of Malawi. He is slowly taking over government institutions to the point where residents of Malawi claim that Malawi is at the point where Uganda was before Museveni took measures to deal with Kagame’s infiltration of Uganda’s institutions.

According to the report when you look closely at the country of Malawi, the country has become a home for Kagame’s agents in charge of killing, disappearing, abducting, kidnapping, poisoning and scaring Rwandan refugees who fled the RPF.

All the cities in Malawi are littered with those killers whose job is to pursue Rwandan refugees who own small businesses that sustain them in their day to day needs.

These evildoers operate under the umbrella of the “Diaspora” organization that works for the Rwandan government.

The “Diaspora” organization is the conduit for all their evil doings. This “Diaspora” organization has leaders in every country that hosts Rwanda refugees in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas.

The paper gives an example on how these Kagame agents operates.

“Refugees of Hutu ethnicity are accused of committing genocide and Tutsis are accused of stealing. To that end, a man named Vincent Murekezi who lived in Malawi was abducted from a Malawian prison even though the extradition treaty between Rwanda and Malawi was not signed until Murekezi was already serving his sentence. This law was applied retrospectively.,” Reads the report in part.

Some of their recent success in their evildoing according to include the following: Shooting a Rwandan refugee named Jerome, a born-again Christian who lived in Lilongwe, killing a man named Gasana who once led the “Diaspora” after he decided to distance himself from the organization due to their murderous activities and the killing of a young man named Mundere because he belonged to an opposition party.

The report argue that Malawian police claimed that they shot him due to suspicion of him being a thief but those who saw his dead body claim that they never saw a bulled wound and instead found multiple knife wounds.

They also found his male organs burnt using an iron. It is suspected that Mundere was killed by Paul Kagame’s killers who turned around and bribed the Malawian police in order to cover up the crime and publicize wrong information.

These days, word among the refugees is that spy agents and the “Diaspora” have delivered a list of 47 Rwandan refugees who must be illegally abducted and sent to Rwanda.

This news has Rwandan refugees in Malawi worried and no longer feel secure. It is turning like Uganda where refugees were abducted by Kagame’s agents who were operating with Ugandan policemen including their leader Kale Kayihura that’s according to The Rwandan Online.

Refugees have started to wonder whether Malawi is slowly becoming another territory of Rwanda because Rwanda’s spy agencies operate as they like and when they want. These spies are supported by leaders of the Rwandan “Diaspora” in Malawi. Members of the “Diaspora” go around spreading fear among real refugees claiming that the Malawian government supports then in their evil doings.

One Rwandan refugee source told our reporter that there has been suspicious and sinister meetings taking place in Salima where it is believed that plans and strategies on how eliminate their counterparts are being drawn.

We are reliably informed that such sinister meeting took place last Sunday on 7 September, 2019.

Mark Bottoman is Malawi Minister of Information Communication Technology who is also Government Spokesperson. When drawn to comment on the issue of spying and security threats Bottoman said he has no information on the matter and promised to come back to us when ready with information.

“I will consult on this honestly I dont have information of course I have followed the issues surrounding South Africa demands to have two people extradited,” Bottoman said.

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FDH Bank supports CIM, Wealth Creation Forum with MK2 million

FDH Bank Public Relations Officer Lorraine Lusinje (L) hands over sponsorship cheque to Wealth Magazine Managing Executive Harry Chima 

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-FDH Bank on Tuesday presented cheques worth K1 million each to the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Malawi and the Wealth Creation Forum for their respective conferences.

Speaking when she presented the MK1 million cheque to Wealth Magazine, organizers of the wealth Creation forum, FDH Bank Public Relations Officer Lorraine Lusinje said the bank believes in growth and takes keen interest in initiatives like the Wealth Creation Forum.

“The Wealth Creation Forum has been a successful forum that brings together players in the industry both local and international that empower businesses and entrepreneurs in the country.”

“This year’s theme, ‘Harnessing and Leveraging Malawi’s Digital Economy’ is an exciting theme for FDH Bank because as you well know, the bank is championing financial inclusion through digital financial products that are serving the masses across the country.

“Our Ufulu Digital Account that allows people to open accounts on their phones with their phone number as account number within minutes is one tool that will boost inclusion in Malawi,” said Lusinje.

Wealth Magazine managing Executive Harry Chima thanked FDH Bank for the support saying it will go a long way in reaching many young aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs to understand opportunities available in the digital space.

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“Wealth Magazine appreciates the sponsorship of K1 Million towards the hosting of the 3rd Wealth Creation Forum in Blantyre from FDH Bank which has been very supportive of the Forums since 2018.”

“Coincidentally, FDH Bank’s digital footprint and innovativeness in Malawi’s financial services sector resonates well with our theme of “Harnessing and Leveraging Malawi’s Digital Economy”,” said Chima.

The third Wealth Creation Forum will be held in Blantyre on 11th October 2019.

FDH Bank also donated MK1 million towards this year’s annual CIM conference slated for this weekend in the lakeshore district of Mangochi.

FDH Marketing Manager Ronald Chimchere said marketers are the driving force of the industry through creativity and strategic communication and advertising.

“Marketers play a crucial role in our economy and industry and the Chartered Institute of Marketers in Malawi is there to promote marketers and empower the profession. CIM Malawi fuels the energy of the marketing force in the country.

“Season 8 of the Annual Marketers Conference is taking place at the end of this week and we want to support the conference and boost the profession. This year’s theme is ‘Global Trade and Digital Marketing’, a very exciting theme for a bank with largely digital products to market,” said Chimchere.

CIM-Malawi president Golden Banda thanked FDH bank for the donation.

“It is not the first time for FDH to partner with us and we don’t take it for granted. This year’s theme is about trade and marketing in the globe space, and it fits well now as we are talking about digital marketing.

“You are aware that people now at a touch of button can trade anywhere in the world as we are living in the global village and the aim of the conference is to equip marketers well with these issues, so that we can position our business and products well as competition is now intense both domestically and globally,” said Banda.

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A Picture that angered Malawi President Mutharika to remind Chimulirenji “You’re just a mere deputy”

Chimulirenji and Ntcheu crew

By Nenenji Mlangeni

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-This is a picture that has finally destroyed the relationship between President Peter Mutharika and his Vice Everton Chimulirenji, just four months after the pair were controversially declared winners of the May 21 elections.

President Mutharika was livid with anger when he saw the picture of Chimulirenji posing with influential people from Ntcheu, Chimulirenji’s home district which included two of his advisors, Chris Daza and Dr Wengawenga.

The picture was taken after Chimulirenji had meet the people who also included veteran politician Eston Kakhome, former diplomat John Chikago and others in preparation for a government take over ‘should health fail Mutharika’.

After receiving intelligence reports from head of National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) Elvis Thodi, Mutharika was angry that he could not hold his cool during a political rally he addressed in the lower shire on Sunday in Nsanje where he dressed down his Vice to the astonishment of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) followers and other political followers.

Mutharika eventually ‘belittled’ Chimulirenji saying he is  a ‘mere’ deputy and not ‘leader’ of the country and should forget harbouring ambitions of ruling Malawi.

Those who did not know about the picture and the meeting were left wondering what has happened to the top two citizens to fall out after just four months into their term.

Intelligence sources said Chimulirenji met with the ‘Ntcheu cream’ after gathering information that the President’s health was ‘falling’ and he should be prepared to take over in case of any ‘eventuality’.

“You must remember that Chimulirenji was put there by Mrs. Mutharika and Norman Paulos Chisale, the President’s security aide. These are the only to people who are privy to the health status of the President and they know what is happening, hence the meeting Chimulirenji had with people from his home district,” said our impeccable source.

“They discussed several issues including how ready the Vice president is to take over if the President’s health falls drastically and also if the courts rule that there should be a re run of the elections,” added the source.

This information, passed to President Mutharika on Saturday night at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre disturbed him greatly to discover that even his wife is plotting against him.

“That is why he was angry and said whatever he said at the rally. The situation is tense between the two. But it looks like Chimulirenji is not moved because he knows that he cannot be removed from his post, he saw what (Saulos) Chilima (Immediate vice President)) did and he is convinced he can try his luck for the top job,” said another insider privy to the issues at State House.

Almost all the Presidents of Malawi after the introduction of multiparty system of government in 1993 have fallen out with their Vice President’s but analysts say the Mutharika-Chimulirenji pair has become the first to fallout in a record time of three months and some days after elections

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Mwende Mwinzi as Kenyan envoy: Questions persist

DAVID MWEREBy DAVID MWERE
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The National Assembly has once again reignited the debate over the suitability of Ms Mwende Mwinzi serving as Kenya’s envoy to South Korea before she renounces her US citizenship.

On Tuesday, Speaker Justin Muturi directed the House Committee on Implementation to find out if Ms Mwinzi renounced her US citizenship before taking up the job.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP

This came after Endebess MP Robert Pukose claimed that she had taken up the job flouting a House resolution guided by court rulings and the Leadership and Integrity Act.

The Defence and Foreign Relations Committee, which vetted Ms Mwinzi alongside the other nominees in June, put a conditionality in its report that was unanimously adopted by the House that she renounces her US citizenship subject to her appointment.

“The information available is that the nominee intends to take up the position without renouncing her US citizenship,” Dr Pukose said even as he alleged that an individual nominated by the president for vetting to the National Lands Commission (NLC) faces a similar challenge.

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He, however, did not prove his two claims.

Mr Muturi said that the High Court and the Court of Appeal had already ruled on the matter that an individual with dual citizenship must renounce their foreign citizenship before taking up an elective or appointive job.

The Speaker directed the Committee on Implementation chaired by Narok North MP Moitalel Ole Kenta to summon the Chief Executive and Secretary to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Twalib Mbarak to update on the status of implementation of the House resolution.

“This is a serious matter that involves ethics. It’s a matter that has been pronounced by the High Court and the Court of Appeal and the decision stands. Any person who violates this may face criminal proceedings for violating the law,” Mr Muturi said adding that he will make a comprehensive ruling once the committee has tabled its report.

“The committee will find out whether the law has been complied with. Under Article 78 of the constitution, it’s him (EACC CEO) to be taking up the matter that has been expressed on by the second-highest court in the land,” he said.

In the last election, a Kenyan went to the High Court after he was denied clearance by the electoral commission on the basis that he had dual citizenship.

In its ruling, the High Court said that he may run for an elective office but should not take the oath of office without renouncing his citizenship.

The man later moved to the Court of Appeal after failing to get a favourable ruling but the second Highest Court in the land upheld the decision of the High Court.

The process of appointing an envoy is quite elaborate and time-consuming and in some instances, the host country may even reject the credentials of some nominees based on their own fears.

But leader of majority in the House Aden Duale challenged Dr Pukose to prove that Ms Mwinzi had indeed taken up her appointment.

“Dr Pukose should present facts to prove his claims. There are no photos of the lady presenting credentials to the South Korea government (sic). He must prove that the lady is working,” Mr Duale said but again Mr Muturi overruled him saying that it’s not Dr Pukose to produce evidence but for the EACC to explain whether it has implemented house decision.

MPs John Mbadi (Suba South), David Ochieng (Ugenya) and Otiende Amollo (Rarieda) said that parliament should be firm in making its decisions and stop donating its authority to other entities.

“This matter is precedence setting. The idea of approving appointments subject to, is it really constitutional? This House was given powers to vet but it appears we have surrendered our authority elsewhere,” Mr Mbadi said with Mr Ochieng saying that it will be a travesty of justice if the matter goes unchecked.

“We made the decision as parliament, the courts have spoken. Make it clear to the executive that circumventing the law and suspending the constitution shall not be tolerated,” MR Ochieng said.

Mr Amollo urged the Speaker to ensure that ineligible individuals nominated for appointment are not considered by the House.


Kibra by-election: IEBC rejects McDonald Mariga's bid

ANITA CHEPKOECHBy ANITA CHEPKOECH
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The electoral commission has rejected Jubilee’s nominee for the Kibra parliamentary race slated for November 7.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said Tuesday evening that they cannot accept McDonald Mariga’s candidature because his details are missing in the voters’ register of 2017.

Following the announcement, Lang’ata MP Nickson Korir said they are going to appeal the decision at the party’s tribunal.


MPs mull steps to take after foiled perks plan

DAVID MWEREBy DAVID MWERE
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MPs are mulling steps to take next after President Kenyatta declined to sign the Parliamentary Service Bill, 2019, which sought to enhance their domestic and foreign travel allowances.

In a memorandum of August 16, 2019, sent to the National Assembly yesterday, the President noted that signing the bill passed on July 4 into law, violates the Constitution as the proposal of allowances did not have the input of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).

SRC chaired by Ms Lyn Mengich is constitutionally mandated to regularly evaluate and review the remuneration and benefits of all State and public officers.

“In view of the foregoing, I recommend that the clause be deleted,” President Kenyatta says in the memo. He now wants the Parliamentary Service Commission to do this with the advice of the salaries commission.

The MPs now have a daunting task of marshalling at least two-thirds majority or 233 of the 349 members in the National Assembly to overturn the presidential memorandum.

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If it happens, it will be the first time to marshal the numbers to veto the President’s text in the history of the Kenyan parliament.

Clause 20 (2) of the rejected bill, provided that PSC shall regularly review the domestic and international travel allowances applicable to the members and staff of Parliament.

President Kenyatta’s argument is that the review of allowances does not take into account or make reference to the role of SRC.

The clause further sought to provide for the facilitation of activities held outside the precincts of Parliament by members and staff of parliament.

This would have effectively seen taxpayers pay for the MPs’ caucuses as well as their parliamentary group meetings held outside Parliament.

The President also stopped a proposal that would have given PSC the powers to remunerate parliamentary employees after every three years as contained in clause 43 (1) of the bill, which the President’s memo faults for not taking into account the advisory role of the SRC.

The clause sought to empower PSC to determine the review cycle of remuneration and allowances of its employees.

In rejecting the MPs push for enhanced allowances, the president has in effect politically emboldened the powers of the salaries commission in executing its duties.

The commission has had a fair share of tiffs with MPs and is already in court to challenge the decision of PSC to award the 416 legislators in the National Assembly and Senate, a monthly housing allowance of Sh250,000 before tax.

The allowance was paid to the 416 MPs in lump sum early this year and backdated to October 5, 2018, when the High Court ruled that MPs just like other State Officers are entitled to a housing allowance.

The case was filed by the Deputy Governors, who argued that they are entitled to a House or a housing allowance opening the doors for the MPs to also stake their claim to the allowance.

MPs juts like the president, his deputy, county governors, Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, members of constitutional commissions and independent offices are also state officers.

The commission also slammed brakes on the Sh18,000 night allowance to MPs after the housing allowance was blocked by the courts.

The night out allowance was to cater to the MPs accommodation when attending to parliamentary business in Nairobi away from their constituencies.


Tycoon Humphrey Kariuki fights to unfreeze bank accounts

RICHARD MUNGUTIBy RICHARD MUNGUTI
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A company has moved to court seeking orders to unfreeze the accounts of nine companies associated with billionaire businessman Humphrey Kariuki who has been charged with Sh41 billion tax evasion.

Africa Spirits Limited (ASL) filed a case Tuesday under a certificate of urgency seeking to lift orders issued by Kiambu Chief Magistrate on August 16 freezing accounts of nine companies with a large workforce.

TAX EVASION CASE

Lady Justice Jessie Lessit was told the frozen accounts are held at the National Bank of Kenya (NBK) and the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB).

Besides unfreezing the bank accounts, lawyer Cecil Miller urged the court to suspend the hearing of the tax evasion case pending before Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku at the Milimani Law Courts and another at the Thika Law Courts.

Mr Miller, who is appearing with Benjamin Musyoki for ASL, said the orders issued by the Kiambu court are illegal as the affected parties were not included in the case by the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji.

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Mr Miller told the judge the orders granted freezing the nine accounts are to last for 90 days.

“I urge this court to stay the orders issued on August 16 to enable ASL to mitigate the ruinous, prejudicial and detrimental harm, loss and damages to the companies whose accounts have been preserved,” he pleaded.

ASL has named Mr Haji and the Inspector-General of Police as respondents.

ASL has also named Wow Beverages, NBK, KCB, the chief magistrate at Milimani, the chief magistrate at Kiambu and the chief magistrate at Thika as interested parties.

Justice Lesiit directed Mr Miller to serve the Attorney-General on behalf of the three chief magistrate courts, NBK and KCB with the court papers to file response.

State Prosecutor Catherine Mwaniki for Mr Haji and the IG urged the court to be allowed more time to file affidavits in answer to the allegations by ASL.


Chaos rocks Kisumu assembly as MCAs replace speaker Oloo

RUSHDIE OUDIABy RUSHDIE OUDIA
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Members of Kisumu County Assembly Tuesday ousted embattled Speaker Onyango Oloo during a chaotic session.

The plot, which was well hatched by ODM, saw the MCAs exchange blows. Mr Oloo was replaced with North Kisumu MCA Elisha Jack Oraro.

RIVAL GROUPS

From Tuesday morning, tension was high within and outside the assembly premises as the reps lobbied for numbers.

Outside the precincts of the House, rival youth groups clashed over the bid to kick out Mr Oloo. The rowdy youth allied to Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o and Mr Oloo staged demos and surrounded the House as they demonstrated and chanted for hours.

One group wanted MCAs to impeach Mr Oloo after he was on Monday charged with fraud over the loss of Sh1.8 billion at the Lake Basin Development Agency.

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Their rivals, those allied to Mr Oloo, who is out on Sh10 million bail, wanted him to stay put until he is found guilty of corruption.

In the afternoon, the assembly turned into a battle field even as police, who were deployed to the assembly, remained standby to restore order and avert physical confrontation between the rival camps.

Deputy Speaker Roy Samo started the session. After praying, he adjourned the sittings to Thursday, a move the sparked anger among the members who were ready to carry out their planned ouster of Mr Oloo, who was not present.

More than five MCAs roughed Mr Samo up and ejected him from the speakers’s chair, after which they threw him outside.

When the matter got out of hand, the assembly orderlies who had gone to protect the Mace, were also roughed up and beaten before the sergeant-at-arms asked them to walk out in protest. The clerks also fled.

The session continued with the MCAs taking up the role of the assembly orderlies, passing on the microphone and distributing water bottles before the clerks and two assembly staff came back.

When they resumed the session, the message was clear, ‘the process was procedural and they will remain united’.

Kabonyo Kanyagwal MCA Oiko Pete said it was time for the assembly to unite for it to undertake its roles. “The journey ahead will be difficult but with unity of purpose we will soldier on,” he said.

The acting speaker assured the more than 30 members in the House that the move they had taken was procedural.

“What we have done is constitutional and procedural. Do not feel intimidated in any way whatsoever. I will be neutral and we will work together to ensure we remain united,” said Mr Oraro.

Mr Oraro apologised to the MCAs and assembly orderlies who were roughed up during the session even as he maintained that the ward reps will continue carrying out their roles according to the law. He later met a section of the MCAs at the Speaker’s office after youth broke locks to allow him in.


Rid farms of toxic chemicals

EDITORIALBy EDITORIAL
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Chemicals such as fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides play a crucial role in boosting food production to keep hunger at bay and ensure that the people are healthy and strong enough to contribute to national growth and prosperity. Ironically, some of thplay a crucial role in boosting food production to keep hunger at bay and ensure that the people are healthy and strong enough to contribute to national growth and prosperity. Ironically, some of these supposedly useful substances also contain toxins that pose a grave danger to the consumers of the food produced.

Whereas there is some apparent official tolerance of the use of suspect chemicals in growing crops, the horticultural industry has, in seeking markets overseas for Kenyan vegetables and fruits, been slapped with stringent requirements that the farmers must comply with. It is precisely because the overseas authorities place the health and safety of their people above everything else.

The huge increase in the amount of imported insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and other chemicals may be contributing to expanding food production but this comes at a grave cost to the consumers. Incidentally, some fertilisers and other chemicals that are banned in their countries of origin are still readily available and are being liberally used locally. However, the same foreigners who will not buy our horticultural products with high chemical residues because they must protect their own consumers have no scruples about selling those toxic chemicals to us.

It is important that public health authorities step up monitoring to identify and block the deadly imports. For too long, products such as the weed killer RoundUp, which is banned in Europe, are still being used in Kenya.

The people need an elaborate safety assurance, not the dismissal by Agriculture Principal Secretary Hamadi Boga of the concern about the toxic chemicals used in farming as “scaremongering” by an interested group. After all, where there is smoke, there is fire.