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Uhuru Warns NCPB Bosses Over Delayed Sh3.5B Payments to Maize Farmers

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Uhuru Warns NCPB Bosses Over Delayed Sh3.5B Payments to Maize Farmers

Uhuru Warns NCPB Bosses Over Delayed Sh3.5B Payments to Maize Farmers – kenyagist.com


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  • President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday condemned officials of the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) for facilitating payments to connected traders and cartels at the expense of local farmers.

    Speaking at  the Nairobi ASK Show, a visibly frustrated Uhuru dared them to “try that again and see what happens”.

    “I promise you and I swear before God, try that again and you’ll see what will happen to you. Sisi hatutaki mchezo tena (We don’t want games again),” he stated.

    Uhuru’s warning comes a day after four lawmakers from Rift Valley promised to lead anti-government protests from Monday next week if farmers had not been paid Sh3.5 billion owed to them.

    “We see this as a deliberate attempt to frustrate local farmers to create room for future maize imports. We saw the NCPB pay merchants and cartels, who imported and supplied maize from Mexico, Brazil, Uganda and Tanzania.

     

    “They in fact got paid a day or two after deliveries yet farmers have never been paid,” stated Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter.

    Agriculture Principal Secretary Richard Lesiyampe was recently charged alongside former NCPB managing director Newton Terer and former general manager, Finance, Cornel Kiprotich over irregular purchase of maize amounting to Sh5.6 billion.

    The officials were ordered to pay Sh3 million bail each and deposit their passports in court to secure their release.

    “The maize farmers are about to make drastic decisions that will not be good for the country.

    “They are tired of being cheated that they will be paid for maize they delivered to NCBP last year and in January this year,” cautioned Moiben MP Silas Tiren.

    Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter
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