7 December, 2022

Parliamentary Inquiry: Kachere alleges ‘big fish’ involved in missing maize deal

Serious allegations have been made by a transporter contracted to transport maize from ADMARC depots to National Food Reserve Agency-NFRA warehouses.

Director of Kachere Agriculture Trading Smollet Kachere revealed to the press that the country’s maize is being stolen from ADMARC warehouses by what he claimed as big fish.

He made the allegations after he failed to address the joint parliamentary committee inquiring the alleged mismanagement of public funds.

He is suspected to have duped the NFRA by not delivering 13 truck-loads of the grain that he had been contracted to transport from various ADMARC depots to the Agency’s silos.

This makes him a key player in the missing maize scandal involving 7,500 bags worth over K112 million

He further expressed surprise that he was arrested over a contractual deal whose cargo was insured.

Although Kachere gave this information in an interview with the press, he refused to respond to most question by the committee, on grounds that the matter was still under investigation.

The joint parliamentary committee failed to question him and adjourned proceedings barely minutes into the session.

Meanwhile, Chairperson for agriculture committee of parliament Sameer Suleiman highlights his committee will soon meet to critically look into the issue as a matter of urgency.

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