Cabinet Secretary in charge of Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri has dismissed reports of maize importation circulated on social media for the better part of Thursday evening as fake.
Through his social media pages; Facebook and Twitter, Kiunjuri dismissed letters which alleged that his ministry had sanctioned the importation of maize from the Republic of Congo to supplement low harvest in Kenya.
— Mwangi Kiunjuri (@CS_Kiunjuri) November 21, 2019
The letters indicated that 270,000 metric tonnes of maize imports to Kenya from the Republic of Congo was being delayed at the Malaba border station on the Kenya-Uganda border, and the CS Kiunjuri had sought the intervention of Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Commissioner General James Githii Mburu to facilitate the clearance of the package through customs.
The unverified reports became the subject of speculation on social media and attracted anger from Kenyans, especially following the maize crisis witnessed in the country last year through to this year after maize imports flooded the market plummeting maize prices.
The situation was further compounded by the fact that maize farmers in North Rift are in the process of harvesting their produce and some in regions such as Trans Nzoia have already harvested.
Moiben MP Silas Tiren who has been vocal on the maize crisis took to social media with images of the letters to decry importation of the maize into the country.
In a Facebook post, Tiren expressed fears that maize cartels of yesteryear were back to ply their trade.
“The maize cartels are back again,” reads part of the post by Tiren. “… the 270,000 metric tonnes of maize if allowed into the Kenyan market, it shall take us back to problems we faced last season,”