Kenyan’s for Kenya turned Tragic

Kenyan’s for Kenya turned Tragic

By Monicah Mwangi

One of the most successful initiatives in the Kenyan history dubbed Kenyan’s for Kenya has been hit a scandal. The anti-hunger campaign which raised money for the drought hit areas in the country may as well be termed as a double tragedy after some of the food rations bought with the cash was found to be contaminated and unfit for human consumption.

Some of the foods which had already been delivered to drought-hit areas contained traces of the deadly aflatoxin according to

Redcross Secretary General Abbas Gullet during the launch of Kenyan's for Kenya financial report. Photo/Monicah Mwangi

Redcross Secretary General Abass Gullet. The contaminated food is said to have been consumed by school going children putting their lives in danger. “We estimate the number of pupils who ate the food as 60,000,” said Abass.

Samples of the Unimix food supplied to Northern Kenya and parts of Coast Province was tested by the Kenya Bureau of standards, SGS and Analab all of whom confirmed the contamination. Though Abass did not name the company who supplied the contaminated products, he said Proctor & Allan and Sai Millers were the only two companies from where they ordered the foods. Medical research has shown that high-level of aflatoxin exposure produces an acute hepatic to cancer of the liver.

Children, however, are particularly more affected by aflatoxin exposure, which leads to stunted growth and delayed development. Kenya Redcross has listed the schools affected and will seek the help of ministries of Education and Public Health to conduct urgent medical check-ups on the pupils.

The contaminated food has since been recalled to the Redcross office in Nairobi according to Abass who said he was disappointed by the turn of events of a campaign meant to help needy Kenyans.

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