Man arrested for receiving fertiliser worth Ksh.10M from Gov’t, selling it for Ksh.30M in Uganda
A suspect accused of fraudulently acquiring 4,304 bags of
subsidized fertilizer and later selling them at current market price on Thursday
denied charges levelled against him at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi.
Benjamin Mosbey Kuto, who was arrested in Moiben area of Uasin
Gishu County, deceived Ministry of Agriculture officials that he owned a
1,050-acre farm thereby receiving fertiliser worth Ksh.10.7 million before immediately
selling it to willing buyers in Kenya and Uganda making a profit of close to
Before Milimani Chief Magistrate Lucas Onyina, Kuto denied
charges of deceiving the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) that he owned
the farm in Narok West, hence obtaining the bags of government of Kenya
The ratio per acre is four bags, with two being for planting
and two for top dressing.
According to detectives who trailed and arrested Kuto, the
suspect fraudulently acquired vouchers for the fertiliser collection from 19
NCPB depots across the country.
Kuto received subsidised fertilizer from Awendo, Iten, Embu,
Kiganjo, Lessos, Marigat, Mwingi Nanyuki, Nakuru, Thika Turbo, and Maua among
Detectives say the fertiliser was received between August 2 and
October 6 this year, noting that no planting or top dressing of crops was
happening in this period.
Sources privy to the investigation intimated that most of the
fertiliser Kuto acquired found its way to neighbouring Uganda through illegal
routes to be sold at the current market price, and that the accused person made
more than Ksh.30 million in profit.
Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Mohamed Amin
revealed that officials from the Ministry Of Agriculture will be questioned as
detectives believe they turned a blind eye to the digital loophole exploited by
Kuto and other unscrupulous businessmen who have made a kill out of a project
meant to benefit the Kenyan farmer.
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