Kirinyaga Woman Representative Purity Ngirici has condemned the suspected sale of toxic pesticides to farmers in the country.
The outspoken lawmaker raised the red flag over the distribution of crop chemicals that have long been banned in Europe noting that horticultural farmers in Mwea and surrounding areas now bear the greatest brunt of the criminal enterprise.
According to Kirinyaga Member of Parliament Purity Wangui Ngirici, poisonous chemicals are to blame for the increased cases of cancer in Mwea and parts of Kirinyaga County.
The lawmaker lamented unregulated sale of such toxic and unsafe pesticides to farmers, by unscrupulous business people who are known to supply their dangerous products both locally and internationally.
While distributing food, blankets and shoes to the elderly at Ngurubani primary school in Mwea, the legislator noted that the national assembly is set to debate the matter before it releases a list of the poisonous pesticides and companies producing them, which will be circulated to farmers so that they can stop purchasing them.
The legislator said that most of the pesticides have been banned in Europe and countries for being poisonous to human beings.