MPs Alfred Keter, Silas Tiren Demand CS Mwangi Kiunjuri's Resignation Over Maize Scandal

  • Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter and his Moiben counterpart Silas Tiren have called for the immediate resignation of Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri.

    Addressing the press at Parliament buildings on Thursday, Keter maintained that Kiunjuri must take responsibility for the Sh1.9 Billon million maize scandal.

    The scandal saw 13 traders paid Sh740 million to supply the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) with 10,000 bags of maize, reportedly cheap imports from Uganda at the expense of registered Kenyan farmers whose maize was rejected.

    At least 5 Members of Parliament, an aide to a top politician, high-ranking government officials and businessmen are among 30 people being investigated in connection with the scandal.

    Keter disclosed that puppets of the alleged looters had been put in charge of the parliamentary committees tasked with looking into the scandal.

    [caption caption="Alfred Keter and Silas Tiren"][/caption]

    "This parliament is not capable of oversighting institutions.It  was long compromised by the executive.

    "Cartels are now running this country and parliament can do nothing about it. Puppets were handpicked to chair commitees in parliament," he stated.

    He dismissed Kiunjuri's claim that no public funds were lost, maintaining that the subsidy programme was used as a channel to steal billions.

    Keter further thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga for their March 9 handshake, stating that it had made it impossible for the accused to use their tribes as a cover.

    "Maize farmers who are being robbed of their sweat are from our tribe. NCPB officials are from our tribe. Cartels are from our tribe and even the big thieves are from our tribe," Keter revealed.

    [caption caption="Alfred Keter addressing his supporters in Eldoret after his election was nullified"][/caption]