Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny has urged the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) to expedite investigations on Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri over unwarranted payments made to maize cartels. Speaking in Trans Nzoia, Kutuny reiterated that maize cartels have already been paid Kshs 1.8 billion. “We want to know where the investigations have reached. I want to urge EACC to expedite the investigations so that those involved can face the law,” he said.
Kutuny said they should have discussions with the state on maize pricing, “We are going to start talks to determine the prices this year, as farmers, we want Kshs 3,500,” he noted, adding they want to know the government’s set maize prices this year.
Last month, a section of MPs revealed that maize cartels had already received payments and called for the resignation of Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri to pave way for investigations. They said a company called Commodity House had already received the Kshs 1.8 billion payment, in an unscrupulous manner. The Cherangany MP had outlined that this act disregarded the opinion of the Strategic Food Reserve. Saboti MP Caleb Amisi had supported the calls for the resignation of CS Kiunjuri, saying he had overseen the collapse of the major backbone of the economy, encompassing the sugar industry, sorghum, pyrethrum, tea and coffee industries.