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Pesticide regulation authority is failing Kenyans

In In Solidarity on 23/11/2009 at 7:14 pm

From Wildlife Direct’s Stop Wildlife Poisoning campaign in Kenya

I am very sad that the CEO of the Kenyan Pest Control Products Board (PCPB), Mrs Gladys Maina cannot have a serious conversation with us about carbofuran poisoning in Kenya. She appears to be bitterly angry that WildilfeDirect has called for a ban on this product. This does not make a lot of sense to me since her job is not to protect the agrochemical industry but to protect consumers and the environment. My efforts to discuss issues with her on phone have always involved accusations that I am an ‘activist’ and that I have a personal grudge against her. It’s silly I know but even if it were true, that does not relieve Mrs Maina of her duties as the CEO of the PCPB.

According to their website the PCPB aspires to the following

Our Vision
The vision of the PCPB is to be the leading regulatory agency for pest control products in the region.

Our Mision
The mission of PCPB is to provide an efficient and effective regulatory service for importation, exportation, manufacture, distribution, transportation, sale, disposal and safe use of pest control products and mitigate potential harmful effects to the environment.

Kenyans are using furadan and other pesticides in hunting birds and fish for  human consumption. This is not just about the dying birds, fish and other animals, it is a Public Health concern.

KENYANS SHOULD BE OUTRAGED!

Out tax money is paying for the salaries of civil servants like Mrs Maina who has a very specific duty towards Kenyans. She should hav no choice but to do her job or be judged for failing to protect Kenyans from the harmful effects of carbofuran by refusing to respond to reports of unsafe use and harmful effects to the environment.

Mrs Maina insists that I am fabricating reports. This is why I am publishing them here on line for all to view.

I made the slide show Purple Death to illustrate what is happening in Kenyan rice schemes to enable anyone anywhere to share this information and demand that the PCPB respond.

I am also attaching a report written by Martin Odino on July 18th sent by registered mail to Gladys Maina of the (PCPB) in accordance to her verbal instructions (she told me that our previous reports were not in the correct format preventing her from acting).

Though no written acknowledgment was received, Mrs Maina did confirm to me on phone that that did receive the reports but that she will not investigate this or any other incident reported – citing her concern that WildlifeDirect and friends are mere “activists”, that our reports contain no “technical facts”. She also said that the PCPB will not make site visits, nor will they be testing samples collected by us from the field as she suspects that we have tampered with the samples. In other words they will pretend that this and all other reports were in fact, never made.

This report was copied to Linda Froelich of FMC as per our agreed procedures captured in minutes of a meeting between the Stop Wildlife Poisoning Task Force held at the WildlifeDirect Nairobi offices on April 15th 2009. We have received no response from FMC.

This disappointing situation reveals just how deep the psychology of denial is in the PCPB and FMC.

We will continue to post carbofuran (and other pesticide) poisoning incident reports here for the record

INCIDENT REPORT OF POISONING OF BIRDS IN BUNYALA (JUNE 2009)

Please find below a report of witnessed bird poisoning from Bunyala, Busia in June 2009. I wish to bring to your attention that between June and July (2009) I have been Ahero Rice Scheme and Mwea Rice Schemes where witnesses say there is ongoing poisoning of birds using Furadan. In Mwea and Ahero, the species of birds poisoned are the White-faced Whistling Ducks and Fulvous Whistling Ducks in addition to doves in Ahero. In all the sites the birds were intentionally poisoned for human consumption.

Please also find attached photos taken during June 2009 survey of the poachers with the poisoned birds in sacks and about them; also a photo of a torn off Furadan label by the poachers to conceal the identity of the Furadan poison they are using.

We also had some dove samples whose contents (gut-crop, gizzard and intestinal- contents) tested for carbofuran poisoning as well as the sampple of the bait that was used to poison them tested for carbofuran and I have also attached the certificate of analysis.

BUNYALA POISONING

Incident: Poisoning of Cattle Egrets (8 birds)
Date incident occurred: 04/06/2009
Threat: 3 species of Egrets(Cattle Egrets, Yellow-billed Egrets and Little Egrets), Hadada Ibis, Sacred ibis, Sandpipers and humans that handle the furadan and those that feed on the poisoned birds.
Method:termites and small fish laced in Furadan

Incident: Poisoning of African Open-billed storks (22 birds)
Date incident occurred: 06/06/2009
Threat: Humans that use Furadan for poisoning and those that consume the birds.
Method: Snails (Species Pila ovata) laced in Furadan

Incident: Poisoning of Cattle Egrets (4 birds)
Date incident occurred: 06/06/2009
Threat: Other Egrets (Yellow-billed Egrets and Little Egrets), Sacred Ibises and Hadada Ibises. Humans that use Furadan for poisoning and those that consume the birds.
Method: termites and small fish laced in Furadan.

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