EACC arrests five NCPB officials, assistant chief over maize scandal.

Five officials of the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) have been arrested in Kisumu and Eldoret over the maize scandal.

The NCPB officers were apprehended alongside two other individuals by detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) on Monday evening.

They include; Willy Kipkoech Kosgei (Silo Manager, Kisumu), Renson Kibet Korir (Silo Manager, Eldoret), Thomas Kipkurgat Sang (Extension Officer, Soi Ward), Jeremiah Omutsani Omwayi (Deputy Silo Manager, Kisumu) and Laban Momanyi Michira (Cashier, NCPB Kisumu).

Also arrested was Sinonim Assistant Chief David Barngetuny Korir and a trader identified as Rodney Kimutai.

The seven are set to be arraigned in court on Tuesday.

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NCPB has been on the spot over alleged irregular purchase of maize that led to unscrupulous traders raking in millions of shillings at the expense of deserving farmers.

EACC has been conducting investigations at the NCPB’s depots in Kisumu, Bungoma, Kitale, Eldoret, Moi’s Bridge, and Nakuru.

From the depots, officers have seized files on payments for maize and distribution of subsidised fertiliser.

So far, Agriculture PS Richard Lesiyampe and NCPB finance manager Cornel Kiprotich Ng’elechey are out on Sh3 million cash bail.

They denied charges of wilful failure to comply with law relating to management of public property, unauthorised spending of public funds, conspiracy to defraud, abuse of office, neglect of official duty, and fraudulent acquisition of public funds.

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