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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,30TH AUG 2018-The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has this morning arrested Agriculture Principal Secretary Richard Lesiyampe in connection with the irregular purchase of maize amounting to Sh11 billion by the National Cereals and Produce Board.
The other one arrested is Finance General Manager of the NCPB, Cornel Kiprotich Ng’elechey.EACC confirmed the development on Thursday morning on its twitter handle saying detectives are looking for other officials.
“EACC has this morning arrested the PS Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Richard Lesiyampe and NCPB GM Finance, Cornel Kiprotich Ng’elechey on allegations of irregular purchase of maize at the NCPB. 15 other senior officials and prominent traders being sought,” the EACC tweet said .
Others being sought include former Managing Director Newton Tereer, Accounts Clerk Caroline Kipchoge Cherono, NCBP Eldoret Silo Manager Kibet Korir, Records Officer Eric Talam and County Director of Agriculture Joseph Cheboi.
DPP Noordin Haji, says the officials will be charged with the wilful failure to comply with law relating to management of public property, unauthorised spending of public funds, conspiracy to defraud, abuse of office and neglect of official duty.
“Upon investigations, it was established that NCPB spent Sh11,365,879,918 thereby exceeding the Sh6 billion budgeted for,” he explained. “The Strategic Food Reserve Oversight Board had budgeted to purchase 2 million bags of maize for the financial year 2017/18 at Sh6 billion.”