President Uhuru Kenyatta was on Thursday caught on camera warning Agriculture Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri over alleged misappropriation of funds budgeted for maize farmers.
“Mungiriha nimukuona inyui (if you attempt to pay, you will see the consequences),” fuming Mr Kenyatta told Mr Kiunjuri in Gikuyu at the Nairobi ASK Show.
He warned the board against making any further payments to the traders and cartels. Watch the video:
He made the sentiments at the end of his speech where he complained that money meant to pay maize farmers was paid to wealthy individuals and traders.
“We know it is the people at the NCPB, who instead of paying farmers that toiled on their farms for maize to sell in order to educate their children, went and paid a few wealthy individuals and traders and ran out of money to pay the hardworking farmers,” complained President Kenyatta.
President Kenyatta swore that no monies will be paid to the cartels.
“I promise you and I swear before God, you try that again and I promise you will see what is going to happen to you, said the President.
He added that money that was set aside to pay maize farmers was in the budget, but the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) liaised with traders to embezzle these funds.
“I warn them that the full arm of the law will see that they pay for their corrupt actions,” said Uhuru.