North Rift MPs deny maize shortage, accuse CS Kiunjuri of shielding cartels.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri has is on the spot for allegedly protecting cartels within his ministry.

The CS now risks losing his job after seven members of Parliament from the North Rift region asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to fire the CS.

According to the lawmakers,Kiunjuri has been sleeping on the job. They said that the cartels have taken control of his office.

They described the Agriculture ministry as a theatre of absurdities, whose every nook and cranny cartels have infiltrated.

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.

Speaking during a press briefing at Panafric Hotel in Nairobi on Thursday, Kuttuny said that the CS must ensure that he acts in a responsible manner.

He questioned why the CS has been proposing to import more maize yet the farmers have been producing more than enough maize to feed the country.

“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.”

The MPs, who addressed the press accompanied by Strategic Food Reserve (SFR) 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.

Kiunjuri had said that the country has a shortage of 19 million bags of both animal and human feed.

He noted that there are plans to import more maize into the country. The lawmakers also said that unless President Kenyatta does something, farmers will continue to languish in abject poverty.

In attendance  were Elgeyo Marakwet County governor Alex Tolgos and Mps Silas Tiren(Moiben), Joshua Kuttuny(Cherangany), Caleb Kositany(Soy), Caleb Amisi(Saboti) and Vincent Tuwei(Mosop).


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