Why Uhuru’s name will not be out of the mud soon

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Senators want Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua and Interior CS Fred Matiang’i investigated over the importation of excess maize in 2017. Kinyua and Matiang’i are seen as the pillars in Uhuru’s government.

Last week, the House adopted amendment to a report by an ad hoc committee that investigated the matter to include the names of Kinyua and Matiang’i, and then Devolution CS Mwangi Kiunjuri. Kinyua and Matiang’i’s inclusion in the report and involvement in the scandal deals the President a major blow.

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The committee co-chaired by Uasin Gishu Senator Margaret Kamar and her Bungoma counterpart Moses Wetang’ula had initially indicted former Agriculture CS Willy Bett and Treasury’s Henry Rotich.

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The report says the two should be held liable for the Gazette notice they published in April 2017, that led to the importation of duty free maize that flooded the local market. But last Thursday, Kamar moved an amendment to the initial report to include all the members of the inter-ministerial committee on food security that authorised the importation of maize. Kinyua chaired the inter-ministerial task force. The team was formed to address the maize shortage at the time.

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