CS Kiunjuri in Trouble Over Sh1.8 billion Maize Cash

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The Agriculture ministry irregularly withdrew Sh1.8 billion from Strategic Food Reserve Trust Fund account without approval of the board putting embattled Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri on the spot.

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In a strongly worded letter to Agriculture Principal Secretary Hamadi Boga, Strategic Food Reserve (SFR) Chairman Noah Wekesa said the payment was outright illegal.

“Your disclosure of the payment of Sh1.8 billion from the Strategic Food Reserve Trust Fund Central Bank Account to the Commodity House without the board’s approval was against the law,” Wekesa said in a letter dated July 9.

The payment was allegedly for a pending bill for maize imported in 2017.

Kiunjiri yesterday told Parliament that the Commodity House is owed Sh3.6 billion.

However, MPs mainly from the maize growing regions claimed the cash was an advance payment for a consignment yet to be imported.

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