Senators were on Thursday, 17 September engaged in a heated debate over the transfer of Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) to the ministry of defense.

Narok senator ledama Ole kina protested the move by president Kenyatta arguing the move was draconian and was likely to jeopardize the civilized space being enjoyed.

The Narok senator alluded farmers would fear engaging in business with the military.

“Which farmer will trade with the military guy considering their harsh nature?” said Ledama

His sentiments were echoed by nominated senator Abshiro Soka Halake who warned president Kenyatta against commercializing the military.

“Just because the military is doing well in Nairobi does not mean that every sector should follow suit,” lamented Halake.

Cash-Strapped KMC Transferred to Ministry of Defence

But Garissa senator Yusuf Hajji applauded the president for the bold move, insinuating meat farmers from the North-Eastern region will smile at last

“We know of KMC officials who would be sent to buy cattle from farmers only to buy at a low cost and sell at a higher price,” said Hajji adding that militaries all over the world do business and Kenya’s situation was not new.

The senators were reacting after Machakos senator Boniface Kabaka moved a motion to protest the move by the president.

On September 9th, 2020, agriculture cabinet secretary Peter Munya directed the transfer of arguing president Kenyatta had directed it to boost its survival and operation

 

By By Mwadime Iryne

Multimedia journalist

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