By Marie Yambo
More than 8,000 bags of maize purchased by the Samburu county government as relief food for distribution to hunger stricken residents in the has been declared unfit for human consumption.
The government chemist’s test results revealed that the food that was bought from the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) in October at a cost of 11.5 million shillings do not meet required standards for human consumption.
Speaking to reporters after chairing the County Steering Group (CSG) meeting, Samburu County Governor Moses Lenolkulal said that maize samples were taken for testing by the SGS Limited and found to be unfit for human consumption.
Lenolkulal blamed NCPB for selling contaminated maize to the county government saying that they should be held accountable The Governor however said they have already ordered 5,000 fresh bags of Maize fro Nakuru.
Speaking to journalists, NCPB Maralal deport manager Kipngetich Mutai however denied the claims made by the Governor saying that they have not received any official communication about the government chemist’s results.