KEBS set to have a new MD

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics

By Stanley Wabomba

The Kenya Bureau of Standards will have a new managing director before the end of this year.

The ministry of Industrialization says a recruitment process is currently ongoing with the KEBS board also expected to make a decision on the fate of the Mombasa laboratory project.

Eva Oduor’s contract as the Kenya Bureau of Standards managing director was terminated two months ago after she allegedly awarded a tender for the Mombasa Laboratory project against board’s recommendations.

Several weeks ago, the Kenya Bureau of Standards board advertised her position.

Dr. Songa says the ministry of industrialization will equip Kenya Bureau of Standards and ensure it is well run noting that Kenya’s dream to industrialize can only be realized if the standards body is effective in carrying out its duties.

It emerged that many Kenyans are being given wrong medications because laboratories are giving inaccurate results and prescriptions.

To address this, the ministries of health and industrialization directed the Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS) to annually issue licenses of laboratories.

Dr. Songa says the revival process for Webuye based Pan Paper Mills is on course.

They were speaking at a Nairobi hotel during a breakfast meeting convened to draft a national framework for accreditation of medical laboratories.