The Association of Book sellers has faulted the government over huge debts incurred following delayed payment by schools.
According to the Booksellers, schools owe them credit to a tune of Ksh 2.8 billion.
Addressing media in Nakuru on behalf of the Kenya Bookseller and Stationery Association for the Nakuru Chapter, Chairman Albert Kimani took an issue with Education Cabinet Secretary over move that is aimed at destroying the Books industry.
“Schools are suffering, the booksellers are suffering and even the students. The Government is trying to kill the industry.
According to Mr. Kimani, booksellers have been issuing out books to schools on credit hence the huge debt that schools owe them.
He noted that the government should have consulted them before coming up with the new supply method to schools.
According to Kimani, there could be cartels at the Ministry of education who are working to kill the industry.
It is for this reason that the Association of Book sellers is calling on EACC to step in and investigate the same at the Ministry.
They have also appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to step in and save the industry and the education sector from the cartels.
“The only person that can save the situation is the President and we even hope the EACC can come in and investigate the Ministry of Education and how funds meant for stationery just disappeared” said Kimani.
The association will be seeking help from the court to handle the matter in a much more beneficial way for both the parties involved.
The Publishers have already petitioned parliament on the matter.
According to them if the issue is not addressed then they will end up laying off workers to maintain operations.