President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago into a task force to look into bringing a solution to the problems haunting maize production in Kenya.
The President says the taskforce will be coordinated by Governor Jackson Mandago and chaired by Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri. The team will work to bring an end to perennial problems in the production of the cereal.
Speaking as he led 2018 Mashujaa Day National Celebrations at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega County, President Kenyatta directed that the taskforce be formed immediately.
…and again, I authorize that a taskforce be constituted to look into a lasting solution for crisis in our country, it will be chaired by the Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture and will have Governors Mandago and Khaemba,” said the President in his speech.
The President’s directive comes two days after Governor Mandago hosted Council of Governors chair Josephat Nanok in a maize crisis meeting where strict resolutions were made, including asking the government to urgently step in.
In his speech that touched problems in maize and sugar cane growing, the President said he will personally follow up even as last year’s maize debts continue being paid.
“Those people eating money meant for our farmers will not hide, I will personally make a follow up until all has been paid, (addressing the maize issues),” said the President.
The Head of State also asked CS Kiunjuri to track down and bring forth names of cartels posing as farmers and filling cereals board stores with imported maize.
The President was concerned: “Farmers work hard to feed this country. It is wrong when some individuals cross the border and come back with imports that in the event short change our hardworking farmers.”
President Kenyatta also disclosed plans for government’s intervention to ensure that costs of production in agriculture is reduced.
Deputy President William Ruto enumerated government’s plans on continuing projects on electricity, water, health and roads. He said the government is committed to changing the lives of Kenyans.
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, President of Nambia, Hage Geingob, Deputy President’s wife Rachael Ruto as well as former Prime Minister Raila Odinga were among leaders who attended the event.
Governors, Senators and MPs also attended the ceremony that is marked to remember heroes starting with those who fought for independence and those making remarkable deeds in the present.
World marathon record holder, Eliud Kipchoge, was among the 200 ‘mashujaas’ whose efforts have brought respect for and change in the country.
Over 20,000 Kenyans watching in the stadium and about 5,000 outside were treated to a spectacular show as Kenya Airforce displayed their best show in the skies with fighter jets.