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Man sues KEBS for sub-standard condom; says he infected wife coz’ of ruptured rubber

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 3 – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), Kenya Revenue Authority and Beta Healthcare are under fire from a dejected man who is seeking damages for allowing substandard condoms in the market.

The state agencies have been sued for failing to protect Kenyan consumers by branding the consignment of Zoom Condoms with the quality mark of assurance.

The petitioner has narrated in his suit papers how he used his favorite brand of condoms knowing that he would be safe only for the product to burst during intercourse.

As a result, the distressed man claims in his affidavit, he got infected with a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) which he says was later passed on to his wife something he believes would not have occurred had the same been of good quality.

He claims, the batch was originally meant to be sold in Uganda but failed all the qualitative tests leading to the National Drug Authority (NDA) declaring it unfit for intended use.

Following the incident, the petitioner claims he suffered a mental breakdown, lost his family, became an alcoholic and lost his job as result.

He claims the respondents in collusion with each other or by omission have failed to assure Kenyan consumers by branding the consignment with the quality mark of assurance and issuing it with a certificate of conformity.

He claims that he purchased the condoms on diverse dates between January and October 2014, in different pharmacies, shops and entertainment joints in various Counties which Nairobi, Nakuru, Kericho and Kisii.

He now seeks damages on grounds that the condoms supplied by Beta Healthcare were not of reasonable quality.

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KEBS and KRA officials have been in the spotlight for approving and giving the green light to substandard goods including sugar, electricals and other domestic and industrial products.

The crackdown on counterfeits and illicit products has seen the arrest of several officials including KEBS Managing Director and senior KRA officials.

Business people have also been arrested and charged while over two dozen warehouses have been closed and sugar worth millions impounded.

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