North Rift leaders threaten major demos over maize payments

A section of North Rift leaders have warned the government against taking maize farmers for a ride regarding payment for maize produce supplied to the National Cereals and Produce Board, NCPB last year.

The leaders, led by told the government to clear the Sh. 1.4b from this week as it promised.

If the government reneges on its promise to start paying farmers from Monday, Monday we will storm all the NCPB owned stores to paralyze every activity,they warned

Tiren said they are ready to lead farmers to engage in street demonstrations in the event the government does not go ahead to clear all outstanding dues owed to farmers in the region as it had promised.

We shall mobilize all the farmers who delivered their maize to the board and camp at the offices to receive their delayed payments with interest this week, added Tiren

The government must ensure the payments are accompanied by interest on top or else we shall stage mother of all street demos across the region, vowed Tiren.

The Nandi Hills MP, Alfred Keter said farmers were a frustrated lot and that they will fight for their rights despite threats and intimidation targeted against some leaders from the Rift valley considered ‘rebellious’

They made the remark over the weekend at St Joan’s Academy, Kaptagat in Ainabkoi constituency, during the burial of the late Lieutenant General retired John Sawe.

However, Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Henry Rotich asked farmers to be patient, saying as the government had already released their money to NCPB. The government has released Sh. 1.4b to NCPB to clear all debts owed to farmers, assured the CS.

Last week, Devolution CS, Eugene Wamalwa announced that the board had completed verification of maize farmers ahead of the payment.

Source: Kenya News Agency