Moses Kuria Fires 37 Govt Employees, Replaces Them Immediately

Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria on Friday degazetted names of 37 Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) inspectors as per Section 13 of the Standards Act.

In his notice, the Trade CS noted that their roles seized to exist effective Friday, September 1.

In their place, Kuria appointed 51 replacements to serve as inspectors in line with the Standards Act.

According to the Act, the inspectors are tasked with entering premises to conduct inspections as well as taking samples of any commodity used in manufacturing, production, processing or treatment for testing.

Trade CS Moses Kuria in Murang’a County during a food distribution exercise on June 24, 2023


Moses Kuria

In case they find the products to be contaminated, they are at liberty of ordering the destruction of detained goods.

“The Minister may, at the request of the council (National Standards Council), by notice in the Gazette appoint as an inspector for the purposes of this Act any person who in his opinion is suitably qualified,” read the Act in part.

“Every person so appointed shall be either a public officer or a member of the staff of the institute (Kenya Bureau of Standards) and shall be furnished with a certificate of appointment signed by the director stating that he is authorized by the Minister to act as an inspector for the purposes of this Act.”

Separate Appointment

In the same notice, Kuria appointed Willy Kenei to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA).

The CS appointed Kenei to serve in the position for a period of three years.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 3 (3) (c) of the Export Processing Zones Act, the Cabinet Secretary for Investments, Trade and Industry appoints Willy Kenei to be a member of the Board of Directors of Export Processing Zones Authority, for a period of three (3) years, with effect from the 1st September, 2023,” read the notice in part.

Until his appointment, Kenei served as Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) Uasin Gishu chairman.

A file image of the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) offices in Kisumu.


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