Form two students of St Mary’s Mundika Boys High School in Busia County have found a scientific solution to on-going debate on inherent dangers of consuming brown sugar.
It was alleged that the illegal brown sugar imported into the country contains mercury. While denying the existence of mercury in brown sugar the students said local companies are producing brown sugar deliberately.
Thaddeus Muka said companies use chemicals such as Sodium hypo chloride, Sulphur4 oxide and Sulphur to clean brown sugar which still possess dangers on our health.
Speaking during the school Academic and Agri-Cultural Fair on Friday, Muka whose team won a trophy and a certificate for their innovation said the use of animal bones to clean brown sugar is the way to go.
‘’Bones obtained from public abattoirs are burnt into controlled amount of oxygen to form animal charcoal. This is then used to clean brown sugar into white sugar.
The specific machines used to burn bones into animal charcoal are very expensive. Most companies cannot afford. The Government should make it a policy for such sugar companies to purchase such machines,’’ Muka said.
Stephen Gisike admitted that brown sugar has a lot of chemicals apart from mercury, thus making it not safe for consumption by Kenyans.
The students’ innovation antics so them win a trophy and certificate from the school board of management chaired by Busia businessman Peter Kubebea.
Dr. Victor Wasike of KALRO said it was regrettable that the school’s science laboratory lacks equipment such as reagents, Bunsen banners and test tubes among others.
His colleague Dr. Lusike Wasilwa led an impromptu harambee that raised Sh100,000. She promised to champion the improvement of learning facilities at the school.
Chief Officer at the Governor’s Office Ezekiel Okwach who represented Govenor Sospeter Ojaamong said the County Government will lend a hand in furnishing the school laboratory.