The debate on controversial payments made by NCPB escalated on Tuesday after Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen came face to face with Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny.

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In a hotly contested interview at Citizen TV, Murkomen revealed that he pocketed Sh3 million from the last payment made by the produce board.

"Just tell us, how much did you receive from NCPB? I got three million and what about you?" asked Murkomen, trying to dismiss the narrative of cartels.

Several farmers reportedly missed out in the payments with investigations showing that rogue suppliers may have short-changed genuine farmers.

In a rejoinder, Kutuny also confessed having received Sh3 million but insisted that he was among the first people to supply the commodity.

"I was among the first people to supply in December thus the payment. Cartels started supplying later, blocking farmers from accessing NCPB," he said.

So controversial has been the matter that even DP William Ruto has been directly dragged to the debacle that has increased political temperatures in Rift Valley.

Squeezed to the core, Murkomen conceded that Ruto was also among the suppliers but insisted there is no law barring him from trading.