The Ngei maize scandal

Paul Ngei Maize scandal

This was the first corruption scandal in Kenya. It was widely known as the Ngei maize scandal. This scandal happened in 1965. Paul Ngei, an independence hero who was at that time the Minister for Marketing and Cooperatives, was involved in a maize scandal that caused a national maize shortage. The first commision of iquiry since independence, the Commission of Maize Inquiry, found that Ngei’s wife, Emma was getting preferential treatment for her business, Emma Stores – Uhuru Millers of Kangundo at that time, through which she bought maize directly from farmers, which was illegal in that era.

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