@DailyNation

President's anger is crucial in war against impunity, graft

1 months ago, 10 Oct 13:23

By: Michael Cherambos

A video clip has been doing rounds on social media for about a week. It is a few seconds long and it depicts an angry President Uhuru Kenyatta talking at his Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri. It looks and sounds like the President is telling the minister never to repeat the act or he will face near mortal consequences. Those who understand the language of discourse between the two, like the colleague sitting opposite me at the office, tell me the President says “try paying them and you will see”.

MAIZE FARMERS

If one views the short clip without understanding its context, one may make a lot of assumptions. So let me put it in its immediate context so we can be on the same page.  The clip is a clever edit of a concluding part of a dress down the President was giving the minister, in public, for failing to pay farmers who delivered their maize produce to government.

The occasion was the day of the official opening of this year’s annual Agricultural Society of Kenya show in Nairobi on October 4, 2018 and the President was addressing the plight of the farmers who had not been paid for the maize they delivered over a year ago.

NON-PAYMENT

The President was incensed because there has been a lot of talk of corruption surrounding the way the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB), the parastatal under the Agriculture ministry whose mandate it is to buy and store cereals from farmers across the country to ensure that we always have enough food reserves.

The allegations have it that NCPB irregularly purchased maize and paid over Sh11 billion to suppliers whose identities are shrouded in mystery. This at the expense of genuine farmers who toiled, laboured, and also supplied the public cereals’ custodian. For this, some seven NCPB managers and a former principal secretary are in court on corruption charges.

CORRUPTION

Lately the President has embarked on a rather vicious and public war against graft. And this war has, and continues to ensnare both medium and high profile casualties. We have seen managing directors of parastatals, principal secretaries in ministries, directors of departments and even judges dragged to court on allegations of engaging in corruption. We have also witnessed private citizens hitherto unknown but who have accumulated millions of shillings suspected to have been stolen from the public coffers also hauled before the law for their involvement in alleged impropriety.

But it seems the corrupt are not giving up!

COLLUSION

It is this stubborn and rather persistent spirit of looters of public property that seemed to irk the President so much that he had to make it known to Mr Kiunjuri and all those holding State offices that it cannot be business as usual if such wanton robbery is allowed to continue. Before the epithet delivered in vernacular, and which was obviously not meant for public consumption, the President had given a furious warning to those with the habit of reaping where they ...
Read More


Category: topnews news oped opinion

Suggested

5 hours ago, 23:35
@CITIZENTV - By: Reuters
Jordanian court sentences nine militants in Karak shooting

A court in Jordan on Tuesday sentenced nine militants to prison terms ranging from three years to life for a shooting rampage two years ago. ...

Category: topnews news
6 hours ago, 23:04
@CITIZENTV - By: Reuters
Rival Libya leaders meet for first time since May

Libya’s two main rival leaders met for the first time in more than five months at a conference hosted by Italy on Tuesday. ...

Category: topnews news
1 hour ago
@StandardMedia - By: Kevine Omollo And ...
Kiunjuri: You will carry your own cross over 15, 000 tonnes spoilt maize

National Cereals and Produce Board management in Kisumu has been put on the spot over negligence that has seen more than 15,000 tonnes of maize go bad ...

Category: topnews news
1 hour ago
@StandardMedia - By: Josphat Thiong'o
Raila halts replacement of Nairobi Assembly ODM leadership

There was a plot to replace Minority Leader Elias Okumu and Minority Whip Peter Imwatok ...

Category: topnews news
1 hour ago
@StandardMedia - By: Augustine Oduor
Teachers wave goodbye to lengthy hospital wait

Insurer scraps rule for health centres to seek authorisation to treat the tutors and their dependants. ...

Category: topnews news
6 hours ago, 22:34
@CITIZENTV - By: Cnn
Syrian Kurds resume push to rid ISIS from last pockets of Syria

Syrian Kurdish forces are resuming the final phase of operations against ISIS, as the terrorist group is pushed back into its last remaining slivers of territory. ...

Category: topnews news

@DailyNation

President's anger is crucial in war against impunity, graft

1 months ago, 10 Oct 13:23

By: Michael Cherambos

A video clip has been doing rounds on social media for about a week. It is a few seconds long and it depicts an angry President Uhuru Kenyatta talking at his Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri. It looks and sounds like the President is telling the minister never to repeat the act or he will face near mortal consequences. Those who understand the language of discourse between the two, like the colleague sitting opposite me at the office, tell me the President says “try paying them and you will see”.

MAIZE FARMERS

If one views the short clip without understanding its context, one may make a lot of assumptions. So let me put it in its immediate context so we can be on the same page.  The clip is a clever edit of a concluding part of a dress down the President was giving the minister, in public, for failing to pay farmers who delivered their maize produce to government.

The occasion was the day of the official opening of this year’s annual Agricultural Society of Kenya show in Nairobi on October 4, 2018 and the President was addressing the plight of the farmers who had not been paid for the maize they delivered over a year ago.

NON-PAYMENT

The President was incensed because there has been a lot of talk of corruption surrounding the way the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB), the parastatal under the Agriculture ministry whose mandate it is to buy and store cereals from farmers across the country to ensure that we always have enough food reserves.

The allegations have it that NCPB irregularly purchased maize and paid over Sh11 billion to suppliers whose identities are shrouded in mystery. This at the expense of genuine farmers who toiled, laboured, and also supplied the public cereals’ custodian. For this, some seven NCPB managers and a former principal secretary are in court on corruption charges.

CORRUPTION

Lately the President has embarked on a rather vicious and public war against graft. And this war has, and continues to ensnare both medium and high profile casualties. We have seen managing directors of parastatals, principal secretaries in ministries, directors of departments and even judges dragged to court on allegations of engaging in corruption. We have also witnessed private citizens hitherto unknown but who have accumulated millions of shillings suspected to have been stolen from the public coffers also hauled before the law for their involvement in alleged impropriety.

But it seems the corrupt are not giving up!

COLLUSION

It is this stubborn and rather persistent spirit of looters of public property that seemed to irk the President so much that he had to make it known to Mr Kiunjuri and all those holding State offices that it cannot be business as usual if such wanton robbery is allowed to continue. Before the epithet delivered in vernacular, and which was obviously not meant for public consumption, the President had given a furious warning to those with the habit of reaping where they ...
Read More

Category: topnews news oped opinion

Suggested

5 hours ago, 23:35
@CITIZENTV - By: Reuters
Jordanian court sentences nine militants in Karak shooting

A court in Jordan on Tuesday sentenced nine militants to prison terms ranging from three years to life for a shooting rampage two years ago. ...

Category: topnews news
6 hours ago, 23:04
@CITIZENTV - By: Reuters
Rival Libya leaders meet for first time since May

Libya’s two main rival leaders met for the first time in more than five months at a conference hosted by Italy on Tuesday. ...

Category: topnews news
1 hour ago
@StandardMedia - By: Kevine Omollo And ...
Kiunjuri: You will carry your own cross over 15, 000 tonnes spoilt maize

National Cereals and Produce Board management in Kisumu has been put on the spot over negligence that has seen more than 15,000 tonnes of maize go bad ...

Category: topnews news
1 hour ago
@StandardMedia - By: Josphat Thiong'o
Raila halts replacement of Nairobi Assembly ODM leadership

There was a plot to replace Minority Leader Elias Okumu and Minority Whip Peter Imwatok ...

Category: topnews news
1 hour ago
@StandardMedia - By: Augustine Oduor
Teachers wave goodbye to lengthy hospital wait

Insurer scraps rule for health centres to seek authorisation to treat the tutors and their dependants. ...

Category: topnews news
6 hours ago, 22:34
@CITIZENTV - By: Cnn
Syrian Kurds resume push to rid ISIS from last pockets of Syria

Syrian Kurdish forces are resuming the final phase of operations against ISIS, as the terrorist group is pushed back into its last remaining slivers of territory. ...

Category: topnews news
Our App