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Names and Amounts Aides of MPs from Rift Valley Took in 1.9 Billion Maize Scandal

The decay at the National Cereals and Produce Board(NCPB) has been laid bare, exposing how well connected cartels are swindling billions at the expense of the Kenyan farmer.

Barely days after Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary, Mwangi Kiunjuri ,kicked off a grand house cleaning at NCPB, an internal ministry report has exposed 18 shameless traders suspected to have links with powerful politicians.

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Prominent politicians,majorly from Rift Valley are reportedly among 8 traders -masquerading as farmers- who got paid Sh873.2 million for deliveries to the national strategic reserve that are believed to be cheap imports from Uganda.

According to damning report tabled Thursday by Principal Secretary for Crop Development Richard Lesiyampe , one Celestine Chepchirchir for instance— not a registered farmer — delivered 226,108 bags of 50kgs to Eldoret cereal board and was paid Sh333 million.

The internal report further indicates that one Stephen Maiyo was paid Sh148 million for supplying 109,506 bags of maize. He still claims a balance of Sh43 million for his supposed deliveries.

Another suspect by the name Caroline Chepchumba was supposed to receive Sh216 million for supplying 121,617 bags weighing 50kgs at Kisumu depot.

She has so far been paid Sh96.2 million.

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Although PS Lesiyampe told National Assembly Public Accounts Committee that the government did not lose any money,a multi-agency team of detectives has swung into action to probe the matter.

This year,farmers who delivered maize as early as January are yet to receive their payment. They have since protested, while the unscrupulous traders who had bought cheap maize from Uganda and sold have already received 80% of their payment.

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