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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Coffee wars lead to kilo rigging

Coffee thefts and exaggeration of kilos which has been identified as the root cause poor production of the crop in South Mugirango subcounty has taken a new dimension with farmers calling for the removal of committee members of Nyamarambe FCS and their subsequent prosecution.
The farmers led by Zephaniah Gikoi, former society chairman Samwel Ogoro, Zaire Nyakundi and Christopher Onyoni says that the management has failed to read a report of the society’s progress in two annual general meetings the farmers have held.
The farmers’ representatives stormed the office of the Kisii county executive executive committee member  in charge of agriculture Vincent Sagwe. County commissioner of cooperatives Vincent Kenyariri is accused of favouring the officials.
 They are accusing the society chairman Daniel Oiko, treasurer Job Onyango, secretary manager James Ngoge and Gucha South district cooperative officer Joel Onderi of failing to listen to the farmers grievances during the annual general meetings which were held on February 25 and March 4 this year at the society grounds.
The farmers are bitter with the stealing of 35 sacks of mbuni coffee from the society on  November 1st last year where the case was reported at Etago Police Station and later suspects arrested and arraigned in the Ogembo Lawcourts but since then the case has been dragging because of interference.
The farmers also complain that the committee members claimed to had bought a chain for Nyakorere FCS at a cost of Sh131,000  so that it can be independent but the money is still in the hands of the management.