An angry Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya has said the fertilizers being touted by the government as subsidized are a free giveaway.
Mr. Peter Munya.
Unverified reports attributed to Mr. Peter Munya on Thursday after skipping a function where Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua flagged off a consignment of 426,000 bags of DAP fertilizer for farmers across Kenya contains damning information.
According to the report widely circulated on social media, the fertilizers purportedly bought for KES 3.55 billion were given away free of charge by a Russian company after it was stranded in EU ports due to sanctions.
"There's nothing wrong with me failing to attend today's event," said Munya, adding "I am told that Rigathi Gachagua was flagging off subsidized fertilizers. That's laughable because those fertilizers are not for sale. The Russian company, Uralchem was giving away free fertilizers to developing countries because they had accumulated in EU ports due to sanctions. That is why Ruto and Gachagua shifted to fertilizers and not unga and fuel."
A visibly angry Munya is said to have added that: "The fertilizers are free and to join them in lying to the public is an abomination. I can't be part of a regime that seeks to oppress citizens and nobody will force me to do it. I'm not a wheelbarrow to be pushed everywhere."
While flagging off the first consignment of the purported KES 3.55 billion worth of fertilizer subsidy the DP said the government will now supply 1.4 million bags of fertilizers to farmers.
Should Munya's unverified remarks be true, then the fertilizer fiasco might be the first financial scam to hit the Ruto regime.
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