MPs demand recall of ex-minister Kirwa - Daily Nation

MPs demand recall of ex-minister Kirwa

Tuesday February 17 2009

By ALPHONCE SHIUNDU

Parliament has adopted a report that could see former Agriculture minister Kipruto arap Kirwa recalled as Special Envoy for Kenya to Somalia.

The motion sailed through on Tuesday with Agriculture Committee chairperson John Mututho (Naivasha, Kanu) calling on President Kibaki to sack Mr Kirwa over a Sh3.02 billion scandal at the Pyrethrum Board of Kenya.

Mr Mututho tabled the report, together with another from the Inspectorate of State Corporations, which he said showed that the then minister was complicit in the parastatal’s collapse.

Mr Kirwa was accused of employing friends and relatives at the parastatal, resulting in efficiency in the running of the board. Mr Mututho called for the opening up of the pyrethrum sector and a repeal of the PBK Act to designate the board as a regulator.

He said corruption in the Agriculture ministry had led to the collapse of the pyrethrum sector, resulting in farmers shunning the crop.
“Why are we promoting people who have been linked to scandals?” he asked.

He urged the current minister, Mr William Ruto, to revamp the pyrethrum board and set up an emergency fund to cushion farmers against adverse weather conditions.

Assistant ministers Robinson Githae (Local Government) and Ndiritu Muriithi (Industrialisation) said pyrethrum farmers had become disillusioned by corruption in the Pyrethrum Board. MPs also demanded an investigation into the sale of the board’s assets.