In Summary
  • You have also probably fallen prey to the hawkers that insert a rotten orange into the juicy-looking pile they sell you.
  • Generally, we’re a dishonest people, dishonesty that starts small, eventually metamorphosing into this full-blown cancer called corruption, which has brought our country to its knees.

Of course I was among the many Kenyans that were horrified when that NTV exposé, “White Alert”, was aired two weeks ago.

Like many, I asked myself what there is left to eat in Kenya — it began with the investigative feature “Red Alert”, when it turned out that the meat sold in supermarkets here was over pumped with chemicals that made it a health hazard.

That was bad enough because I am an unapologetic meat lover.

And then it also turned out that some maize millers were feeding us poisonous maize meal, a revelation that was especially heartbreaking because I think in another life I was born in Western Kenya — I think I have written here before about my love for ugali, which I can eat Monday to Monday, morning and evening if I had my way.

But this was not all. We were also informed that even the milk we’ve been feeding our children and enjoying with our tea might be slowly killing us.

NON-NUTRITIOUS

Before this was the mercury in sugar that prompted Kenyans to start taking sugarless tea (until the shock wore off) and the sukuma wiki planted in raw sewage.

You must have also read about traders who use cancer-causing chemicals to ripen up bananas.

There are also the pesticides banned in Western countries, which we continue to insist on using in our farms. What about bread?

Have you ever taken a good look at the bread in shops and supermarkets that manufacturers pass of as “brown” when in reality the bread has been dyed brown?

With all this in mind, it seems that there is, truly, little left to eat in this country that is safe.

In a nutshell, this sad state of affairs, I think, all boils down to lack of integrity.

Generally, we’re a dishonest people, dishonesty that starts small, eventually metamorphosing into this full-blown cancer called corruption, which has brought our country to its knees.

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