Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny has asked Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago to surrender his position in the maize taskforce.
Speaking during the Jamhuri Day Celebrations at Makutano, Kutuny said Governor Mandago should quit the taskforce since he no longer has the interest of maize farmers at heart.
Kutuny said Mandago has been behind push to have farmers to abandon maize farming in favour of other crops such as avocado and therefore is not the right person to protect farmers’ rights in the taskforce.
“Governor Mandago should quit the taskforce and surrender his position to another leader who has the interest of maize farmers at heart,” he said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Mandago to the taskforce, which was constituted to address woes facing maize farmers and find a lasting solution to the issue.
The lawmaker vowed to keep fighting for the interests of Maize farmers to get better prices saying he won’t be cowed by malicious attacks from a section of Rift valley leaders who have labelled him a ‘rebel’.
In a quick rejoinder, Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba pointed out that maize farmers in the region will suffer with the set KSh 2300 price, which he termed very low compared to the high cost of production.
“Maize farmers are finding it rough owing to the high cost of production which are not reflective of the current set price,”said Khaemba.
Governor Khaemba also lamented that cartels have hijacked the distribution of subsidised fertiliser and warned that the move was likely to inconvenience farmers and raise the cost of production.
He called on the State to leave the distribution of subsidised fertiliser to devolved units for the programme to benefit genuine farmers.