Kel chemicals company senior manager Devesh Patel, has implicated senior government officials of their involvement in the ongoing fake fertilizer scandal.

 Kel Chemicals company was mentioned as one of the companies involved with  the supply and distribution of the fake fertilizers in the country.

Appearing before the National Assembly’s Agriculture Committee, Kel Chemicals Chief Operating Officer (COO) Devesh Patel mentioned the names of senior government officials attached to the Office of the President, Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) as being involved in the ongoing scandal.

Patel appearing before the Committee alleged to have attended a meeting that he had been invited to by the Head of Public Service Felix Koskei moments before his arrest was ordered.

“While giving my statement, Ms. Esther Ngari kept interrupting me saying that I am making substandard fertiliser. She said she’d close our factories and told Mr. Felix Koskei to punish us,” Patel said.

Mr Koskei Felix did not even finish listening to me, he ordered the police officer to arrest me and take me to the DCI in Kiambu. That was Friday April 5. They dropped me at around 6:00 o’clock.” he added said.

He went on to add that he was arrested without being informed of the reasons for his arrest, no representation from counsel. Patel also claimed to have been coerced into writing a letter admitting that they had produced and distributed fake fertilizer while in police detention before being released on a 100,000 police bond.

“I was forced to write a letter indicating that I had recalled the batches of fertilizer that had already been distributed,” he said.

This allegations come days after Kel Chemical’s factory was inspected and later closed down by Agriculture CS Mithika Linturi over alleged involvement in the fake fertilizer scandal.


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