Paul Kibichiy Biego alias Polo, he unsuccessfully vied for Chesumei parliamentary seat in 2017 general election. PHOTO:Courtesy
A section of farmers mentioned in the Sh1.9 billion maize scandal have denied claims that they engaged in fraudulent deals in supplying the produce.
Speaking to the media on Friday, Paul Biego, one of the traders listed in the latest scandal said that some farmers opted to supply the maize directly instead of selling it through the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB).
He argued that he was vetted just like any other farmer and given a go ahead to continue supplying the produce.
“I don’t understand where the scandal is because I was vetted like any other farmer. I think this is a case of mistaken identity,” he argued.
He added that there is a disconnection between those were vetting and those who gave out the list and challenged Agriculture Permanent Secretary Richard Lesiyampe to resign over the scandal.
“I am ready to undergo a fresh vetting process to ascertain the truth,” stated Biego.
Farmers in the North Rift region argue that some of those mentioned were genuine traders who have been in business for years adding that investigators may have mistaken them for cartels.
Paul biego alias (Polo) who hails from Chesumei Sub-county in Nandi , further reiterated that he is a genuine farmer and he tills over 200 acres of Land in sergoit Uasin gishu. He denied importing maize from Uganda.
An Internal Ministry report identified 18 traders suspected to have links with powerful government officials, just a few days after Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri kicked off a major house cleaning.