CS Linturi Engages in Heated Exchange with John Allan Namu on Live TV Regarding Fake Fertilizer Expose

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CS Linturi Engages in Heated Exchange with John Allan Namu on Live TV Regarding Fake Fertilizer Expose

A clash unfolded between Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi and veteran journalist John Allan Namu concerning Namu’s investigative report on the fake fertilizer scandal.

The confrontation occurred during a segment on Citizen TV hosted by Sam Gituku, where Linturi accused Namu of releasing the piece without giving the Ministry an opportunity to respond.

Linturi asserted, “What was run on Africa Uncensored is not anything that I would take seriously. Irresponsible journalism would require that before you do it, get a clarification from the Ministry to understand what is happening.”

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In response, Namu, speaking via phone, refuted Linturi’s claim, stating, “The CS claims we never reached out to the Ministry, that’s a lie. On 15th Feb this year, we reached out via email, his Ministry is the only government department that did not respond to our claims.”

Linturi countered Namu’s accusation by emphasizing the complexity of communication within the Ministry: “The Ministry is not me, there are many people in the Ministry. He should be saying he sent to my email, the office of the CS or my PA, that is how it would have gotten to me.”

Namu urged Linturi to address the issue of fake fertilizer rather than targeting him personally.

He remarked, “It is in the public interest that we are doing this work. I do not know Mithika Linturi. If he has a personal grudge against me, he should take it up with me personally, not to try and mislead the nation in such a serious time.”

During the exchange, Gituku posed a question to Linturi about the concept of authenticity, to which Linturi responded, “Genuine.” Gituku then probed whether the substandard fertilizer, if not fake, could be considered genuine. Linturi deferred to experts and scientists for an answer, highlighting the politicization and complexity surrounding the issue.

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CS Linturi Engages in Heated Exchange with John Allan Namu on Live TV Regarding Fake Fertilizer Expose

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