July 02, 2020

I will expose politicians behind maize scandal – Governor Mutua

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has on Saturday (9/6/18) vowed to expose powerful politicians behind the maize scandal in the country.

Mutua threatened to unmask cartels behind the scandal and challenged President Uhuru Kenyatta to take stern action against the culprits.

Speaking during a tree planting ceremony in Kalama, Machakos Town constituency, Mutua said corruption cartels in the country were determined to defend themselves but time was over.

“I have a list which I was given by investigative sources of the senior people and the amounts they have stolen, which ranges from Ksh10 million for a Senator, Ksh100 million for a Cabinet Secretary and another Ksh300 million for another senior leader.

“I believe Uhuru must also have the list. I am waiting for complete files and then will ensure Kenyans know who the real thieves are,” the county boss told a local daily.

In a recent report, a senior Government official disclosed to The Standard that at least five Members of Parliament (MPs) are among 30 individuals under investigation over a Ksh1.9 Billion maize scandal at the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB).

Mutua, whose election win was nullified by the Court of Appeal on Friday, downplayed the events indicating that the court’s ruling was influenced.

The High Court upheld his victory in the gubernatorial election against former Kathiani MP, Wavinya Ndeti who challenged his election win in court.

“My call for audit of lifestyle of public officials to determine their suitability to serve has obviously rubbed some well-known lords of corruption the wrong way. However, I will maintain my firm stance against entrenchment of corruption in the country,” he said.

The Court of Appeal on Friday declared that Mutua was not duly elected as Machakos Governor and ordered the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct fresh elections within six months.

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