In Summary
  • MPs Joshua Kutuny (Cherangany), Silas Tiren (Moiben), Caleb Amisi (Saboti), Robert Pukose (Endebes), Marwa Maisuri (Kuria East) and Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills) made the allegations, insisting the CS should quit.
  • They charged that Mr Kiunjuri could no longer continue to hold office in the midst of the fresh allegations.

  • The lawmakers also called on the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to launch investigations into the Sh1.8 billion claim.

Pressure continued to mount on Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri to resign Wednesday after it emerged that Sh1.8 billion had allegedly been withdrawn from the Strategic Food Reserve Trust Fund as an advance payment for maize importation.

'SHOULD QUIT'

Six MPs claimed the money was secretly and irregularly withdrawn by the ministry from the fund’s account at the Central Bank of Kenya and paid to a company trading as Commodity House, without the board’s approval.

MPs Joshua Kutuny (Cherangany), Silas Tiren (Moiben), Caleb Amisi (Saboti), Robert Pukose (Endebes), Marwa Maisuri (Kuria East) and Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills) made the allegations, insisting the CS should quit.

They charged that Mr Kiunjuri could no longer continue to hold office in the midst of the fresh allegations.

The lawmakers also called on the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to launch investigations into the Sh1.8 billion claim.

“The Director of Criminal Investigations and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission should immediately launch investigations into the payments. Why such payments, which in our opinion were designed to defraud the taxpayers and hurt farmers, were made without the knowledge of SFRTF board,” said Mr Kutuny.

Armed with a letter signed by the chairman of the Strategic Food Reserve Board Noah Wekesa, the MPs said the Sh1.8 billion was part of the Sh12 billion meant to clear debts owed to maize farmers and purchase of the current harvest.

In the letter addressed to Agriculture PS Hamadi Boga, Dr Wekesa wanted to know why the ministry withdrew Sh1.8 billion without the board’s approval. “The purpose of this letter is to seek your indulgence as to why you made such a huge withdrawal to the tune of Sh1.8 billion without the authorisation of the oversight board as required by law,” said Dr Wekesa.

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