NAIROBI, Kenya Jul 20 – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has warned the public there are people masquerading as its officials and policemen who have been going to retail outlets and industries “to carry out inspections.”
Managing Director Charles Ongwae said the conmen are demanding bribes when they find goods that do not have KEBS standardisation marks especially the Import Standardization Mark (ISM).
“KEBS is a public agency and our staff does not harass any person(s) during their routine compliance inspections in the market place,” he said.
He made it clear that all KEBS employees are required at all times to identify themselves using the KEBS and national identification documents before commencement of any inspections.
Ongwae advised that anyone with doubts can verify the information provided by the staff using their SMS platform where they send the staff number as indicated in the staff ID to 20023 (HR#staff Number).
“I encourage members of the public to report any cases of harassment to the nearest police station or to KEBS by calling our toll free line” he said.