Mandera South MP Adan Haji elected Agriculture committee chair

Mandera South Member of Parliament Adan Haji Ali during a press conference at parliamentary buildings after he was elected as chair of Agriculture committee in the National Assembly. PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER NYAMUTA.

Nairobi, KENYA: Mandera South Member of Parliament Adan Haji Ali has been elected unopposed as the chair of Agriculture committee in the National Assembly.

Speaking after the exercise which transpired at parliamentary buildings on Friday, he said that his committee will be dealing with food security to ensure that there is enough food in the country.

He vowed to pursue maize prices by making sure that relevant authorities in the private sector and in government are accountable to the pricing of the commodity in order to curb incidences of high prices in the market.

“We are going to interrogate these state departments in charge, of maize subsidy, we will then begin to do our reports, the price of 2 kg of maize mill will probably not go beyond sh.115,” Ali said.

He pointed that the committee will be focusing on Galana Kulalu irrigation project as a mitigating factor in stabilizing maize prices in the country.

Ali was appointed amid controversy which rocked the committee last week whereby Moiben Member of parliament Silas Tiren was removed from the committee as chair, following orders from Jubilee leadership.

Majority leader Aden Duale backed the removal of Tiren and other members of parliament terming such move as key in balancing leadership positions across the country.

Despite the differences, Ali reiterated on his commitment to iron out differences that emerged in the committee.

“It is now time to heal the event of the past month which created, friction among members of the committee,”Ali said

“Good environment for the committee to operate is very essential, challenges out there are much more than the differences we have.” He added.