The Star (Kenya)

Vets union wants to be in­cluded in trans­fer of KMC

- AGATHA NGOTHO/ Business · Agriculture · Industries · Kenya · Palestinian National Authority · Ministry of National Defence and Sport · Ministry of Defence

e Union of Vet­eri­nary Prac­ti­tion­ers Kenya has de­manded in­clu­sion in the trans­fer of Kenya Meat Com­mis­sion from the Agri­cul­ture to the De­fence min­istry.

In a state­ment on Wed­nes­day, Mi­h­eso Mulem­bani, the union’s sec­re­tary gen­eral, also de­manded a dec­la­ra­tion on the in­tended op­er­a­tional frame­work fail­ure to which the union shall move to court to seek le­gal re­dress.

On Mon­day, CS Peter Munya di­rected the Live­stock PS to en­sure co­or­di­na­tion on the trans­fer of min­is­te­rial re­spon­si­bil­ity of KMC to the Min­istry of De­fence.

Munya said KMC was not adding value to farm­ers as the gov­ern­ment-owned meat pro­ces­sor has been cash-strapped for a long time.

e CS said find­ing a mar­ket for KMC has been a big chal­lenge and the De­fence min­istry is its big­gest cus­tomer. He said the trans­fer is aimed at op­ti­mis­ing KMC op­er­a­tions.

But Mulem­bani ques­tioned if mil­i­tari­sa­tion of the in­sti­tu­tion will be the an­swer to the op­er­a­tional chal­lenges wit­nessed in the fa­cil­ity.

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