President Uhuru Kenyatta was on Thursday caught on tape warning Agriculture Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri and officials at the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) over alleged misappropriation of funds budgeted for maize farmers.
The enraged President criticized the board for choosing to pay wealthy traders first, who obtained maize from neighbouring countries, instead of local farmers.
He warned the board against making any further payments to the traders and cartels.
“Mungiriha nimukuona inyui (if you attempt to pay, you will see the consequences),” fuming Mr Kenyatta told Mr Kiunjuri in Gikuyu at the Nairobi ASK Show.
He made the sentiments at the end of his speech where he complained that money meant to pay maize farmers was paid to wealthy individuals and traders.
RAN OUT OF MONEY
“We know it is the people at the NCPB, who instead of paying farmers that toiled on their farms for maize to sell in order to educate their children, went and paid a few wealthy individuals and traders and ran out of money to pay the hardworking farmers,” complained President Kenyatta.
President Kenyatta swore that no monies will be paid to the cartels.
“I promise you and I swear before God, you try that again and I promise you will see what is going to happen to you, said the President.
He added that money that was set aside to pay maize farmers was in the budget, but the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) liaised with traders to embezzle these funds.
“I warn them that the full arm of the law will see that they pay for their corrupt actions,” said Uhuru.
His warning did not go down well with Kenyans who hought that he was playing to the gallery.
Swearing will not help in any way, guys are used to that, we need to see heads roll immediately @UKenyatta
— JOBRAN Kenya (@jobransupplies) October 5, 2018
— Being Charlie 🇰🇪 (@BeingCharlie) October 5, 2018
Is that way to go,forgive and not forget? Will it mean taxpayers we will have to dig deeper in our empty pockets to pay for what we had paid for already
— Fredrick Chesire (@Frerkchesiryah) October 5, 2018
Isn’t maize bought by government not sold to millers ? So where did the cash go or we are still holding the whole of it in stock? If NCPB sold the maize to Millers, then the misappropriated funds is quite colossal? I guess NCPB should give a report of stock holding
— JKKamaria (@ProfKamaria) October 5, 2018
Semantics and sideshows. There is nothing he can do!
— wakiliDaudiChwa (@ChwaWakili) October 5, 2018
The president is preaching threats ….sii afunge watu,what stops him?
— myk angaya (@MykAngaya) October 5, 2018