It is the cartels in government and farmers in Mexico who reaped big from the importation of maize to address the current food shortage, Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi has said.
Mudavadi, who is third in command according to Nasa pecking order, said wondered where the government got the Sh6 billion to import the maize yet there was no money to pay farmers for the same.
“Who benefited from the imports? Governments across the world give subsidies to farmers and not importers or farmers in Mexico. This is scandalous.”
The Nasa co-principal was speaking during a rally at Gusii Stadium on Wednesday, May 17.
Nasa flag bearer Raila Odinga, his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula and Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto also graced the rally.
When his turn to address the rally arrived, Raila questioned the government over its expenditure of billions of shillings on the controversial Gulana Kalulu irrigation scheme.
“Instead of getting about 30-40 bags like in Kitale, we are now getting 10 bags per acre at Gulana Kalulu yet the government has pumped in billions of shillings.”
Raila who was named the Nasa presidential candidate, criticised the Jubilee administration for reducing the amount of money paid to maize farmers by Sh1,000.
“When we were in government, farmers used to get Sh3,200 per bag. Now they are getting less than that while Mexican farmers were paid Sh4,200,” he noted.
He also said the move by the government to reduce the price of maize flour is a just but a gimmick adding that the cost will be covered by increased petrol prices.
Siaya Senator James Orengo and Kitutu Masaba Member of Parliament Timothy Bosire said they are doubtful the maize originated from Mexico.
They also demanded that the government explains what happened to the maize in the Strategic Grain Reserves.
“A government that cannot feed her people does not have a moral obligation to lead. They should be voted out in August,” Bosire added.
Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang poked holes at the subsidised maize flour saying the move will only benefit a few people who use sifted flour.
“90 per cent of people use flour which is milled locally. The importation of maize is a gimmick by Jubilee to hoodwink the people,” Kajwang said.