Court summons KEBS boss over ‘mercury’ fertiliser saga

Court summons KEBS boss over 'mercury' fertiliser saga

A court in Nairobi has summoned the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) acting Manager Bernard Nguyo to explain why he should not be held in contempt of court in the ongoing ‘mercury’ fertiliser case.

In his directive, Magistrate Kenneth Cheruiyot said that the court was convinced that the official was aware of the existing court orders and deliberately decided not to comply.

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This was after a Moroccan firm charged in the fertiliser scandal applied to have the KEBS acting MD summoned.

They want him to show cause why he should not be sent to jail for disobeying orders requiring him to conduct a fresh test of the said fertiliser for traces of mercury.

According to the firm, Ngunyo has disobeyed the orders that were issued early this year.

He is expected to appear in court next Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

Through lawyer Paul Muite, the court heard that when the orders were issued to have the fertiliser to be re-tested, the parties involved in the case flew to Mombasa for the exercise, but the MD was absent thus halting the exercise.

Muite also submitted that the Prosecution initially conducted the testing of the fertiliser in the absence of the accused and stated that it should jointly be carried out the testing to evaluate the validity of the evidence held by the prosecution.

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