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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,30TH AUG 2018-Five more senior managers of the cereals board, national government officials as well as prominent farmers in North Rift have been arrested over the Sh2 billion maize purchase scandal.
Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives made the arrests in an operation that saw other suspects roughed up in Nairobi.
The suspects were apprehended in a crack-down conducted on Wednesday night and taken to the EACC North Rift regional headquarters in Eldoret.
The EACC investigators are pursuing seven other suspects over the irregular purchase of maize and payments resulting in loss of about Sh1.9 billion.
Among those arrested is a chief from Uasin Gishu County suspected to have authorised irregular vetting process of farmers who delivered their maize produce to NCPB stores.
“We already arrested five suspects and seven more are still at large but our officers are pursuing them,” said Stephen Ndeti, EACC officer in charge of the North Rift.
“Charge sheets are being prepared to facilitate the suspects to be arraigned in court.”
A list released by Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji on Thursday included Eldoret Silo Manager Renson Kibet Korir, Records Officer, Eldoret Depot, Eric Kipketer Talum and Mr Joseph Kipruto Cheboi, the County Director of Agriculture.
“More information will be availed to the press as soon as arrests are finalised and the suspects are made to face charges,” added Mr Ndeti.
Those arrested in Nairobi on Wednesday morning include ex-NCPB Managing Director Newton Terer, Agriculture PS Richard Lesiyampe and NCPB General Manager, Finance, Cornel Kiprotich.
The arrests bring to seven, the number of suspects being held over the infamous scandal .