A ship that ferried 10,000 tonnes of maize from Mozambique to the port of Mombasa has been abandoned at the port. The person who imported the bags of maize has not been identified and nobody has claimed ownership.
The confusion has come after the government said it had not imported any maize into the country. While appearing before the parliament on November 29, Director of Kenya National Trading Corporation (KNTC) Pamela Mutua said the government had not imported any maize into the country.
According to the government, importation of maize into the country has been suspended for the next three months. KNTC has said that there are no plans to import maize as it only has Ksh. 600million in its coffers and that cannot be enough to import maize into the country.
“The 10,000 tonnes of maize at the port that some people say has been imported by the government is not owned by the government. Government has not issued a directive for the government to import maize. As an entity, we only have Ksh.600million in our coffers and that cannot be enough to import maize,” Pamela has said.
That has now left Kenyans with questions on who owns the maize that is currently at the port if it is not government’s.
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