Kenya: Eight months after his transfer to the army, President Kenyatta oversees the reopening of the KMC
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday ordered the reopening of the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC), about eight months after it was transferred to the Kenya Defense Force (KDF), which was supposed to bring the struggling processor to life.
During the exercise, Mr. Kenyatta visited the KMC depot along Landhies Road, Nairobi, before heading to the renovated Athi River factory in Machakos County, where he also inaugurated a mess of the KDF officers.
However, the reopening comes three months after the High Court overturned the president’s decision to transfer KMC from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation to the military.
Judge Anthony Mrima had said the ruling violated Article 10 of the Constitution due to lack of public participation, but said the error could be corrected.
KMC’s reopening comes just a day after Kenya Railways began hauling cattle to the processor via its route from Nanyuki.
“Kenya Railways is about to start transporting livestock via the Nanyuki railway line. One of these cattle cars can accommodate up to 30 cows … A train of cattle cars carrying cattle is making its official journey today from Nanyuki station to the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) depot, ”said the railroads said in their Sunday announcement.
Although the decision to transfer the management of KMC to the Ministry of Defense was heavily criticized at the time, today some leaders in the region have hailed the decision as being of great benefit to ranchers.
“Kenya Meat Commission employees and ranchers would be happy with the new management. 1,000 cows per week and payout in 72 hours. What does this say about the Ministry of Agriculture? Can we do the same with KQ! Vita ikuje, ”said Senator Makueni Mutula Kilonzo Junior posed on his account on social networks.
The Agriculture Ministry had expressed support for the transfer of management from KMC to the military, saying it was the best way to recover for the dying processor due to the high consumption of meat products and the technical capacity of the army.