Late Night Meeting to Decide Fate of Agriculture CS Mithika Linturi

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Eleven members drawn from the National Assembly on Sunday night holed up in a hotel to deliberate the fate of Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi with reports indicating that the CS would likely retain his job.

The MPs led by Naomi Waqo from Marsabit County had secluded themselves since Friday, May 10, to decide if to uphold the impeachment motion against the CS. 

CS Linturi is being accused of overseeing the distribution of substandard fertiliser through National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) stores. 

This is in relation to his position as the Minister of Agriculture given responsibility to oversee the implementation of President William Ruto’s subsidised fertiliser program. 

National Assembly proceedings on February 21, 2024.


National Assembly of Kenya

The 11-member committee is expected to present their findings to the National Assembly during a special sitting on Monday, May 13. 

Linturi had defended the impeachment motion brought against him remarking that it was persecution from his adversaries. 

He blamed his political opponents as well as a former partner whom he had intimate relations with before a bitter fallout. 

National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wah requested the Waqo-led team to be impartial while listening to the accusations levelled against the CS.

MPs from the ruling coalition who are part of the committee include Waqo, Samuel Chepkonga, George Murugara, Jane Maina, Moses Injendi and Kassim Tandaza. 

Azimio was represented by Robert Mbui, TJ Kajwanga, Catherine Omanyo and Yussuf Farah. 

Jubilee Party which was recognised as a minority party in Parliament by Speaker Moses Wetangula was represented by Racheal Nyamai. 

Linturi became the first Cabinet Secretary since the promulgation of the Kenyan Constitution 2010 to face a National Assembly committee over an impeachment motion. 

Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wah in a meeting on April 3, 2024


Kimani Ichung’wah

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