Kiunjuri vows to step aside if implicated in maize saga

Former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri who launched The Service Party of Kenya on Wednesday./COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Agriculture cabinet secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri has vowed to step aside if he is implicated in the Maize saga where sh. 2.5  billion meant for farmers was allegedly paid to cartels purporting to be genuine farmers.

In a media briefing in Nairobi, Kiunjuri exonerated himself from the mess accusing EACC and DCI for failing to fast-track the investigation against traders and other NCPB officials and bring them to book.

Kiunjuri who want the  Ethics and Anti corruption Commission and Director of Criminal Investigations to fast-track investigations surrounding the National Cereal and Produce Board saga.

 A total of sh 7 billion  was paid to farmers before he assumed office.

However, Kiunjuri has denied that sh 2.5 billion was paid to farmers insisting that sh. 9.4 million is the total amount of money that was dispatched to cartels and genuine farmers.

President Uhuru Kenyatta had earlier directed relevant agencies to investigate the matter an issue which seems to be derailing.

At least eight people have been charged after they were linked to the saga.