Millions That Kiunjuri’s Ministry Wasted
Ksh 92 million was lost over a bench marking trip raw between former Agriculture Cabinet secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri and The Kenya Vertinary Vaccines Production Institute(Kevevapi). A report shows that the institute had manufactured a new vaccine in replacement of the old less functioning vaccine to boost livestock. The vaccine was oil based rather than the previous one which was water based and less effective.
The vaccine was later pushed to the drain after the government failed to sponsor a benchmarking trip to Brazil where the vaccine is being used. The head of the institution says that they were unable to launch the vaccine as top officials in the ministry were out to frustrate their efforts. This led to the inadequacy of the vaccine e to the farmers in the country.
All this surfaced as the country continued to experience the pangs of loss of animals due to diseases outbreak like foot and mouth disease that has fast spread across the regions. The disease is said to have broken in 2019 when there was no proper vaccine for the livestock and has continued to spread and claim very many livestock and living farmers helpless.
It had mostly hit Nyandarua county and Nakuru county. The head of the institution said that when farmers do not have the vaccine, which is the main method of preventing the spread of the disease, the effects can be disastrous; they say that they have to sit lime a lame duck in absentia of the vital vaccine. The disease is dreaded to kill livestock within a short period of time and it is highly communicable.