I will not be intimidated, Agriculture CS tells his critics

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Murang’a, Saturday, May 26, 2018

Agriculture and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Mr. Mwangi Kiunjuri has said he will not be intimidated by a section of MPs and business people who are calling for his resignation.

Kiunjuri on Saturday said he will remain strong and fight corruption which has rocked National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB).

Presiding over a prizing giving day at Mumbi Girls School in Murang’a, the CS noted that the people who have perpetrated corruption in the board are now calling for his resignation after they have realized his effort to expose them.

“I will not rest until I clean the mess in NCPB which have greatly affected our farmers,” he stressed adding that some unscrupulous business people with help of members of staff of NCPB are depleting the board at expense of poor farmers.

Kiunjuri further observed that he realized the illegal business in the board two weeks after he was appointed the agriculture CS early this year.

“I have prepared an audit report on corruption deals in the board and on Monday I will present it to the national assembly, EACC and to the Department of Public Prosecution to carry out their thorough investigations,” he added.

On Friday some leaders and business people from rift valley accused Kiunjuri for increased corruption in NCPB calling him to resign.

The board has been in the lime light in recent past after claims that 21 traders were paid a total of Sh. 1.9 billion as farmers continued to wait for their Money.

Kiunjuri defended himself saying he will deal with the key individuals perpetuating corruption in the board irrespective of their positions or political affiliations.

“The government of President Uhuru Kenyatta is not corrupt but some greedy people who want to embezzle funds meant for the public are out to taint his administration,” added the CS noting that no amount of intimidation will stop him from cleaning the mess at the ministry of agriculture.

He continued, “My position as the cabinet secretary is to ensure proper service delivery in the ministry of agriculture but this cannot be attained if some people are using public resources to benefit themselves.”

Speaking on the same occasion, Murang’a County Women Representative Ms. Sabina Chege together with Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro threw their weight behind Kiunjuri encouraging him to end corruption which has marred his Ministry.

On his part Nyoro said the country will not achieve any development if corruption will not be tamed.

Chege observed that it’s the right time for the president to sack all government officials connected with corruption deals.

Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri presenting prize to former student of Mumbi Girls who performed well in last year’s KCSE.

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