, KISII, Kenya, Jan 15 – An assault on the olfactory senses lead to the swift clearing out of a Kisii courtroom on Monday.
The culprits: 24 boiled eggs and 12 sausages of the ‘smokie’ variety, presented as evidence against a food vendor accused of flouting the Public Health Act in preparation of the finger foods.
The offensive smelling foods had ‘ripened’ in police custody, the suspect Zephania Ongori – and his wares – having been taken into custody on Friday, January 12.
Ongori was arrested while peddling his wares at the Kisii Bus Park and was charged before Senior Principal Magistrate Nathan Lutta with failing to wear a hair net while handling the food and “within a dirty and wet environment which is Injurious and dangerous to health.”
He was also charged with the improper disposal of the refuse generated in his business – charcoal, polythene bags and egg shells – into an open drainage, “creating a nuisance and eyesore to members of the public,” the charge details.
Ongiri who pleaded guilty to the counts, was fined Sh25,000 or three months imprisonment.
Lutta also ordered the disposal of the “air polluting” exhibit.