House team probes firm in Sh4billion fertiliser contract

A company that has reportedly monopolised supply of fertiliser to the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) for the last eight years, is now subject of scrutiny in Parliament.

The National Assembly’s Agriculture Committee yesterday began to investigate how Export Trading Company was awarded a Sh4 billion tender to supply 30,000 tons of Diammonium Phosphate (DAP).

The committee, chaired by Moiben MP Silas Tiren, grilled Agriculture Principal Secretary Hamadi Boga over the contract following concerns raised by Nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi.

"The committee should institute an inquiry into how this one company managed to be the sole supplier of fertiliser to the ministry. What is it that they are doing to make them get such special treatment?” asked Mr Osotsi.

The MP urged the Tiren-led team to name the company directors after he claimed the firm had the backing of an influential government official.

“The whole procurement seems to have favoured this one firm. There is evidence the firm is linked to a powerful individual in the country,” he said.

But Mr Boga defended the contract, saying the company offered competitive prices and was ready to deliver within a short period to avert a crisis among farmers, who were about to start planting.

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