KNA County Executive Committee member for Agriculture Dr Kipchumba Towett shocked members’ agricultural committee in the county assembly when he affirmed that he did not have details of the Bomet county Tea deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Kipchumba appeared before the Bomet county assembly agricultural committee to shed light on the tea deal between Governor Barchok and Iran.
This comes after Kapletundo Ward MCA Richard Chirchir demanded the details of the deal to be made public after questions on the source arose. Mr Chirchir had ordered the committee concerned with the deal to appear before the assembly in 21 days
However, Dr Kipchumba stated that he does not have access to the details of the deal and pointed out that Governor Hilary Barchok was the best person to respond to their concerns.
“It is in the public domain that we flagged off the consignment at the county offices after KTDA changed its mind at the last minute and the office of Governor Hillary Barchok individually sourced for an alternative source of tea, which I was not involved in,” Kipchumba admitted.
Three weeks ago, the committee requested a signed MoU of the deal. However, the county agricultural committee was shocked after Dr Kipchumba presented a plain unsigned document.
Mr Ambrose Koech, the chairperson to the committee has however threatened to declare the deal as fake, accusing the executive of taking the committee for granted.
“Why present a document which has no signatures? Should we just conclude that there is no such deal?” Paused Mr Koech.
Moreover, Dr Kipchumba admitted that he doesn’t know the companies where the tea could have been sourced, adding that Governor Hillary Barchok will be the best person to answer such questions.
The CEC however requested for two weeks to submit more details of the deal.