President Uhuru Kenyatta has transferred the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) from the State Department of Livestock to the Ministry of Defence, leaving Kenyans online with their tongues wagging.
Under normal circumstances, the Kenya Meat Commission is supposed to be and remain under the Ministry of Agriculture since it deals with livestock, a product that falls under livestock and fisheries.
In a letter signed Agriculture CS Peter Munya to Kenya Meat Commission, the officials at KMC are directed to “facilitate seamless transfer of Kenya Meat Commission to the Ministry of Defence.”
“Ensure that you coordinate the entire exercise with the National Treasury and transfer the associated budgets at the next scheduled supplementary budgets,” Munya said.
Munya has directed the Principal Secretary at the State Department for Livestock to submit a report to him in 14 days on the progress made. The matter had not come to the public until the letter of Peter Munya to the State Department leaked to the media.
This is the latest move to bestow the military with such operations in a series that indicate the president’s trust and hope in the entity in managing some sections of the civil service.
The government-owned meat processor is operating below capacity and is grappling with an unreliable supply of raw materials and an aging plant, which has slowed down its operations.
The Athi River plant slaughters 200 cattle per week, despite it having the capacity to process the same number of animals per day.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s critics have accused him of using the military to run operations in institutions that were not meant to be under the military. He has been accused of making changes in some State operations without following the law.
President Uhuru Kenyatta placed Nairobi County under the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) that is run by General Mohammed Badi. The appointed of Badi and NMS rendered Governor Mike Sonko with no responsibilities after he signed to transfer almost all his functions to NMS.