National assembly committee on Trade, Industry and Cooperatives has expressed concern over the huge allocations to government institutions beyond their absorption rate occasioning massive corruption and looting experienced recently including the mega-scandal in National Youth Service (NYS).
Speaking during a tour of Kenya Industrial Training Institute (KITI) in Nakuru to ascertain the state of the facilities and other stalled projects, the committee’s vice chair Cornely Serem said the government need not establish new projects within such institutions until old projects are completed to avoid cash cow projects.
“Such institution could be helping the country in developing skills-oriented citizens for industrialisation but the unfortunate thing is that there are several projects that have stalled for years,” he said.
On the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) woes, Serem said that it was shameful that some cartels colluded to import maize from outside the country while local farmers were looking for markets for their produce.
“I come from a county where most of our people are farmers. It is a shame they had to suffer due to such impropriety. Action needs to be taken severely,” he said.