MPs want Haji to prosecute culprits behind fertiliser, bags scam

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Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji

The MPs have given Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji the green light to prosecute individuals behind the Sh485 million procurement scandal of subsidized terterliser and gunny bags.

The nod by the MPs to the DPP follows the passage by the National Assembly last week of the report of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the audited accounts of the government for the year 2016/17, before proceeding on recess for Christmas.

On the spot are officials from the Agriculture ministry and the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB), who sat in the tender committees that approved the award of the questionable contracts, contrary to provisions of the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act.

“The DPP should, within three months of adoption of this report, take up the matter with a view to prosecuting all those found culpable,” the report reads.

MAIZE IMPORTATION

The MPs also adopted the committee’s finding that it could not confirm whether the government actually imported maize valued at Sh11.7 billion during the period under review after Agriculture Principal Secretary Hamadi Boga, the ministry’s accounting officer, failed to produce all the required documentation in support of the purported import.