NCPB sold us poi­sonous maize – county

Board de­nies the claim. Says it hasn’t been told that the corn is un­fit for hu­mans

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley - MARTIN FUNDI @TheS­tarKenya

Re­lief food pur­chased by the Sam­buru gov­ern­ment for dis­tri­bu­tion to famine-stricken ar­eas is con­tam­i­nated and un­fit for hu­man con­sump­tion.

The 8,000 bags of maize were bought at Sh11.2 mil­lion from the Na­tional Ce­re­als and Pro­duce Board in October. They were taken to the Mar­alal de­pot from Nakuru.

Sam­buru Gov­er­nor Moses Lenolku­lal yes­ter­day said maize sam­ples were taken for test­ing to the gov­ern­ment chemist. He spoke to the press af­ter the County Steer­ing Group meet­ing.

Lenolku­lal said the NCPB should be held ac­count­able. “It might have been kept in stor­age for too long and they know­ingly sold it to us,” he said.

The county has al­ready or­dered 5,000 fresh bags of maize from Nakuru, which have al­ready been de­liv­ered to NCPB stor­age, the gov­er­nor said.

The con­tam­i­nated con­sign­ment has been re­turned to Nakuru, Lenolku­lal said. “I am call­ing on the NCPB to destroy the bad con­sign­ment in­stead of sell­ing it to un­sus­pect­ing cus­tomers like they did to us,” he added.

But NCPB Mar­alal de­port man­ager Kip­ngetich Mu­tai de­nied the claims. He said they have not re­ceived of­fi­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion about the gov­ern­ment chemist re­sults.

Mu­tai said the 8,000 bags pur­chased by the county gov­ern­ment two months ago are still in stor­age.

“The maize, which is be­ing taken out, has noth­ing to do with the county gov­ern­ment. It is just a nor­mal trans­fer or­der. We have also not re­ceived an ad­di­tional 5,000 bags of maize,” he said.

The drought in Sam­buru is at the red alert stage and the county is now re­ly­ing on the state to feed res­i­dents, Lenolku­lal said.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Drought Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity, more than 54,000 res­i­dents from Sam­buru East and North face se­vere hunger with the num­ber in­creas­ing by the day.

The num­ber shot up dras­ti­cally af­ter schools closed since most pupils rely on the school feed­ing pro­gramme.

Health ex­ec­u­tive Mary Ekai said those liv­ing with HIV are the most af­fected as they find it dif­fi­cult to take ARV med­i­ca­tion when hun­gry.

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