Busia County Cooperative Boss Under Fire Over Ginnery Lease

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Members of Nambale Farmers Cooperative Union (NFCU) who owns Nambale Cotton Ginnery have accused the Busia County Director of Cooperatives Joshua Akwara for presiding over the massive corruption instigated by the top management at the society.

Led by Vincent Panyako the members have called on Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to step in and investigate the management who are said to have vandalised and sold off all the machines at the facility leaving behind empty structures with rotten roofs.

Panyako wondered how the County’s Cooperative office can sit pretty as if everything was okay when three individuals were eating the society dry.

He said that EACC should investigate and bring to book all those individuals who sold machines that belong to members including embezzling funds gotten from various leases including the most recent one where a section of the Ginnery was leased out to an Individual to construct a Pub at a fee of Ksh 17,000 per month for three years.

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“What is more suspect is how the businessman who intends to start a bar at the Ginnery met the three officials at a restaurant in Nambale to seal the deal where he paid the first quarter of Ksh 60,000 by cash”, Panyako said.

Panyako further demanded an explanation on how Ksh 6 million allocated to the Ginnery by Governor Sospeter Ojaamong was spent.

On his part the County Director of Cooperatives defended the idea of leasing the Ginnery to a businessman to put up a bar saying everything was done inline with the laid down procedures.

And about the Ksh 6 million issued by the County Government Akwara refuted claims saying that the officials were given Ksh 2 million as a loan which they were still repaying.

But Panyako was quick to challenge the Cooperative boss to show the public how the said loan was being serviced saying that the Ksh 2 million Akwara refers to as a loan was an advancement of the initial Ksh 6 million allocated by the Governor.

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