Uhuru given 3 day ultimatum
The president, however, is not in the country and the ultimatum expires on Tuesday
National Assembly Committee on Agriculture has given Uhuru a three day ultimatum to sack Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett for allegedly failing to manage the current food crisis.
The Kareke Mbiuki led committee, in a press conference held in Nairobi, now wants its decision promptly implemented by President Uhuru, threatening to lead a mass action should the president fail to axe him.
The committee maintains that Mr Bett, could alternatively resign, pending the three day ultimatum since the president is not in the country
The committee has indicated that the CS has been colluding with unnamed individuals to create a shortage of essential commodities, a scenario that has seen the skyrocketing of prices of highly consumed foodstuffs, including maize flour and sugar.
“Mr Bett misled the house and the entire nations that we had enough food stocked. Look at what we are facing. If indeed there is enough food, the CS should now come out and account for the two million bags which he earlier claimed are in store,” Mr Mbiuki stated.
In February, when the country seemingly faced a food crisis, the CS moved to assure Kenyans theta indeed there was sufficient food, despite claims that the food that was stored in the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) silos were substandard, the NCPB, however, in a statement denied storing such food.
In the recent past, the cost of food has been stretching beyond the reach by many Kenya’s including milk and sugar. Of great attention however has been maize flour which is currently retailing at over Sh150 per two-kilogram packet, the highest price on record.
Already 335,000 bags of Mexican maize have been received at the Port of Mombasa, but the CS insisted that it will take two weeks for the commodity to reach the market.
During his Labour day Celebrations speech, President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed to use parliament to bring down the cost of food.
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