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Kenyan maize scandal investigations still underway
Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 17:49:05 CDT by kwpnews


NAIROBI - Public officers who allegedly looted billions of shillings from the Strategic Grain Reserves are still being investigated by the Kenya Anti Corruption Commission (KACC).

Finance assistant minister Oburu Odinga said the PricewaterHouse Coopers report that indicted top government officials which is the basis of the KACC probe would be made public once investigations are complete.

Oburu said waived duty on imported maize at the height of an acute maize shortage in the country last year amounted to 17 billion shillings and that concessions were granted to anybody who had the ability to import maize.

Odinga who was responding to a question by Naivasha MP John Mututho said it would be prejudicial for the report to be discussed in parliament as it would amount to stifling the works of another investigative arm of the government.

But Odinga was taken to task by Imenti Central MP Gitobu Imanyara who wanted to know why the government was still holding on to the report yet officers who had been suspended ostensibly in connection with the scandal are back in office.

Speaker Kenneth Marende gave the minister some reprieve saying he seemed to have no information as to why the officers were sacked and later reinstated but ordered Odinga to furnish parliament with the report and also give reasons as to why the sacked officers were reinstated in two months.

Meanwhile parliament was told that the ministry of higher education is in the process of tabling the University Bill 2010 which will harmonize training in both public and private universities.

Higher Education Minister William Ruto said the bill seeks to regularize and standardize all training programs in universities to enable credit transfers.

This he said would enable students wishing to move from one university to another to do so without losing their grades.

The ministry will also be tabling a TIVET Bill that will harmonize training in all technical and middle level collages which and Ruto says would focus more on skills and technology and not just churning academic certificates.

At the same time a bill seeking to standardize insurance claims under third party is now before parliament.

The Insurance Motor Vehicle Third Party Risks Amendment Bill, 2010 by the Ministry of Finance gives guidelines on how insurers will compensate victims of motor vehicle injuries.

It gives the capping for 100 percent injuries at 3 million shillings while other injuries would be computed based on this percentage.

If adopted all claims will now attract standard payments as opposed to the current trend where claims are awarded to claimants haphazardly.

The bill is also intended to put a stop to ambulance chasers who have wracked in billion of shillings from the matatu industry. 

Source: KBC

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