The troubles following the embattled former Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri reached a notch higher yesterday when he was quizzed by anti-graft detectives in an ongoing investigations into maize scandal while at the helm of the ministry. Kiunjuri is said to have authorized irregular and illegal payment of Sh1.8 billion for maize supply.
The money according to the EACC was withdrawn last year from the Strategic Food Reserve Trust Fund accounts at Central Bank and irregularly wired to a private company as pending bills for maize consignment bought in the previous financial year.
The case has also robbed in former Agriculture CS Willy Bett under whose tenure the procurement was done. Bett is the current Kenyan ambassador to India and has also been summoned for questioning. While Bett cooked the cookie, Mwangi served it in what has now haunted him just days after he was axed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
While the EACC opened investigations immediately rebel Jubilee MPs Joshua Kutuny and Alfred Kenya revealed the dubious underhand dealings at Kilimo House, the file has been lying largely idle for some time.
Kiunjuri arrived at the EACC offices yesterday at around 2pm and spend the better part of the afternoon answering questions on the alleged irregular payment of Sh.1.8 billion to Commodity House Limited for the supply of Maize to National Cereals Produce Board (NCPB).
Curiously, it has now emerged he was summoned the same day he was sacked.
Former Agriculture Principal Secretary Richard Lesiyampe was also qrilled over the matter. Other junior officers are also expected for questioning while Willy Bett is on his way to meet the hawk-eyed detectives.
EACC had also extended its dragnet to include officials form the Strategic Grain Reserve. However, its chairman Dr. Noah Wekesa has been spared as detectives say he was among the whistle blowers.
According to a credible source, EACC have a strong case and are only waiting to question Willy Bett before forwarding the file to the DPP recommending the prosecution of Mwangi Kiunjuri.
Kiunjuri becomes the latest victim of anti-BBi crusade facing possible arrest and prosecution.