Agriculture CS says he is ready to quit over maize scandal

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Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri
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Agriculture and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri now says he is ready to quit his job for the sake of his dignity and integrity.

Appearing before the national assembly agriculture committee, Kiunjuri questioned why he was on the spot yet he had handed over the names of suspected corrupt officials to the anti-graft agency.

The cabinet secretary also tabled a document from the Ethics and anti-corruption commission that shows 62 farmers who controversially supplied maize and received over 4 billion shillings had been blacklisted.

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Kiunjuri returned to parliament to respond to various queries including the unending maize crisis.

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Kiunjuri saying that 1.2 million bags of maize stored in national cereals and produce board silos was discolored and that the ministry was awaiting cabinet’s approval to dispose them.

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MPs queried how the 1.2 million bags got spoilt while the country was in short supply of the commodity.

The agriculture CS threatened to resign to keep his dignity and integrity if critics keep attacking his personality.

However, Kiunjuri clarified that he will not succumb to any pressure or humiliation to leave office as he was busy serving Kenyans.

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While Kiunjuri was engaging members of the national assembly, his principal secretary prof. Hamadi Iddi was informing senate’s trade committee of government’s plan to privatize all public-run sugar companies.

Senators however objected the idea of privatizing the sugar companies instead urging the agriculture ministry to improve governance at the companies as well as fund research.

 

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