In Summary
  • The MPs from the Rift Valley described the ministry as a theatre of absurdities, whose every nook and cranny cartels have infiltrated.
  • They want President Uhuru Kenyatta to sack Mr Kiunjuri as they believe change cannot take place while he is in charge.
  • The CS said 12 million bags will be imported with this approval to cushion the public from the high cost of maize flour, and another six million bags to cushion dairy farmers.
  • The MPs and Mr Wekesa disputed the figures and accused Mr Kiunjuri of creating an artificial shortage to benefit cartels.

ruSeven members of Parliament have assailed Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri accusing him of protecting cartels in the ministry.

The MPs from the Rift Valley described the ministry as a theatre of absurdities, whose every nook and cranny cartels have infiltrated.

They want President Uhuru Kenyatta to sack Mr Kiunjuri as they believe change cannot take place while he is in charge.

ACOUNTABILITY

Led by Cherangany MP Joshua Kuttuny, the lawmakers rejected claims of a maize shortage and challenged the CS to come clean on who he is allegedly working for.

They said so following the CS's report on Wednesday, on the need for Kenya to import 19  million bags of maize.

“Mr Kiunjuri must be accountable to the public. Any blame for excess importation of maize will be taken to his doorstep," Mr Kuttuny told a media briefing at Panafric hotel in Nairobi on Thursday.

"If it’s about cartels we know he is their leader because he is the author of this maize shortage scheme."

IMPORTS

The MPs, who addressed the press accompanied by Strategic Food Reserve Trust Fund (SFRTF) chair Noah Wekesa, were also riled by comments attributed to the CS, in which it appeared the public was being asked to brace for higher maize flour prices in the next few weeks.

Speaking in Mombasa during the launch of the Agricultural Transformation and Support Food Security Strategy, Mr Kiunjuri said there was a shortage of 19 million bags of both animal and human feed.

He noted the need for imports but said the Cabinet had not given its approval.

The CS said 12 million bags will be imported with this approval to cushion the public from the high cost of maize flour, and another six million bags to cushion dairy farmers.

The MPs and Mr Wekesa disputed the figures and accused Mr Kiunjuri of creating an artificial shortage to benefit cartels.

They asked Mr Kiunjuri to reveal where he obtained the figures.

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