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CS Linturi Begs Parliament To Give Him More Time To Provide All Documents On Fake Fertilizer

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi has asked Parliament for more time to furnish lawmakers with all the documents needed in the ongoing probe into fake fertiliser distributed in Kenya under the disguise of government-subsidised fertiliser.

The CS appeared before the National Assembly Departmental Committee on Agriculture and Livestock on Monday, where the committee pointed out that he had not submitted crucial documents needed in the investigation.

The chairperson of the committee who is also the Member of Parliament for Tigania West John Kanyuithia, noted that while Linturi’s team in their report submitted that the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) had all the documents to prove that the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) distributed authentic fertiliser, the documents were not among those presented to the agriculture committee.

“You are saying you have provided the documents but they are not here; what are we dealing with? These are the documents talking about the fake fertiliser and the agency that deliberately distributed the wrong product,” Dr Kanyuithia told the minister.

In response, Linturi asked the committee for more time to submit the missing documents, saying he had not had enough time to appraise himself with the entire report and its supporting documents.

“I want to take note of all those issues that have not been provided so I can provide another bundle (of documents) for you to clear your minds,” Linturi told MPs.

“I had asked for indulgence for Wednesday because I was out of the country for the whole of last week and I came directly from Meru this morning for this meeting.”

In the missing annexes which the committee chair flagged was also a court order.

“I beg for more time to supply you with the material alleged to be annexed but is not, because there is nothing to hide,” added Linturi.

Linturi, his Trade counterpart Rebecca Miano and officials from KEBS, the National Cereal and Produce Board (NCPB), the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) are among those whom the Parliament has summoned to explain how fake fertiliser was distributed in government depots.

As at now, eight KEBS officials have been suspended in connection to the fake fertiliser scandal after being interdicted over the issuance of certification and marks of quality to two companies which have been linked to the sub-standard fertiliser.



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