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VIDEO: Why Kenya’s DP won’t answer questions on controversial maize import

VIDEO: Why Kenya’s DP won’t answer questions on controversial maize import
May 16
21:34 2017

BY BMJ MURIITHI

Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto appeared on Citizen TV at prime time Tuesday night for a wide-ranging interview covering politics and all manner of other topics.

But when the real elephant in the room at the time was mentioned, he told the interviewer – Anne Kiguta – that it was unfair of her to ask him to disclose the identity of the people behind the controversial importation of maize from Mexico – or wherever the corn had come from.

On Monday, it became evident that the close to 30,000 tonnes of maize was actually shipped from South Africa and not Mexico as earlier reported, raising many questions over the speed at which the government had acted.

During The Big Question news segment which aired shortly after 9PM, Ruto maintained that the government had nothing to do with the controversy.

“It is not fair of you to ask me that question Anne because the government did not import any maize. All we did was subsidize the price and the maize was imported by the millers,” said the DP.

He however wondered why some members of the opposition were concerned over the maize taking three days to arrive in the country. “Did they want it to take longer?” he asked.

A source familiar with the goings-on told this reporter that the cereals had already left Mexico long before the government authorized sh6 billion as subsidy in an effort to mitigate the crisis that has hit the country in the recent past over high price of maize meal and sugar, among other commodities.

“The maize was already in South Africa by the time the government was sealing the deal with millers,” the source, speaking on condition of anonymity told ksnmedia.com  Tuesday night.

‘That is why it took only 3 days for the ship to dock in Mombasa,” added the source.

Meanwhile, Daily Nation, a Kenyan daily, reported Wednesday that a ship belonging to a company which was mentioned in the 2004 maize scandal  docked in Kenya with 29,900-tonnes of maize on Tuesday.

Watch the full 1 hour 13 minutes interview here courtesy 0f Citizen TV:

 

 

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