ays 60% of maize in NCPB stores unfit for human consumption
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri now says that more than half of the maize stored in the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) silos is unfit for human consumption.
Hon Kiunjuri accused allies of DP Ruto for importing expired maize that was set to be destroyed in countries of origin. The importation of maize was illegal and now revelation that the maize is bad for human consumption is a big insult to Kenyans especially the maize farmers in North Rift.
Appearing before the National Assembly Committee on Agriculture on Wednesday, Mr. Kiunjuri wondered how the maize got bad yet it has been in the storage facilities for less than a year.
“For maize that was brought in a year ago, it’s not right that it’s being declared unfit for human consumption. Yet maize shelf life if well kept is 24 months,” said Kiunjuri.
He told the committee that four million bags of maize were illegally imported into the country in 2017.
Kiunjuri said a total of 10 million bags were imported into the country yet the government had gazetted the importation of 6 million bags.
The CS further told the committee that the government is caught between a rock and a hard place on what to do with the maize which has already cost taxpayers Ksh.9 billion that went to pockets of cartels associated with DP Ruto
“There is an argument between the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and NCPB on what should happen to the maize that is deemed unfit for human consumption,” said Kiunjuri.
“If the maize came in October last year, its very worrying that we could get a destruction order for even 50% of the maize. This means I have to get a big broom and sweep NCPB.”
Kiunjuri’s revelations is a shocker to millions of Kenyans who have witnessed the drama surrounding NCPB and Rift Valley Leaders.