National assembly accounts committee demands an audit on the purchase of subsidized fertilizer

John Mbadi

The National Assembly Public Accounts Committee now wants the office of the Auditor General to conduct a special forensic audit on the 15 billion shilling purchase of subsidized fertilizer.

The John Mbadi led committee has written to the Clerk of the National Assembly directing that the special audit be conducted within 30 days.

They say they want to unveil the truth on speculations concerning money laundering and fraudulent activities in the production subsidy program.

“We have agreed to come up with terms of reference for Auditor General.We are going conduct public hearing on this matter starting with Ministry of Agriculture and several government agencies where the money was trailed,” said Mbadi.

“We will investigate and have a conclusion and closure. If they was no scandal we will report back to Kenyans,” he stated.

In January, the government kicked off a training of national and county government administrations, under the new subsidy programme targeting 12 priority counties ahead of the expected March rains.

The distribution, came as farmers prepared for planting and it was aimed at improving food security in the country, which is key to President William Ruto’s administration.

The first phase targets 2.1 million farmers in Narok, Bungoma, Uasin Gishu, Nakuru, Trans Nzoia, West Pokot, Migori, Kakamega, Bomet, Kericho, Elgeyo Marakwet and Nandi.

The subsidized fertilizer, retailed at Sh3,500 down from Sh6,000 per 50kg bag, and was being transported to the National Cereals and Produce Boards across the target counties.

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