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Sunday, 26 April 2015

More trouble for Wamang’oli in the offing

Ousted Nzoia Out growers Company Chairman Joash Wamang’oli may run into more trouble after the Board of Directors moved a first one to have him prosecuted over an alleged financial fraud.
Also recommended for prosecution is the sacked Finance Manager Sammuel Ndombi. He is accused of colluding with some managers at Nzoia Sugar Company to organize a cash payment of Sh600, 000 to Wamang’oli from the farmers capital levy account.
The company’s Finance committee chairman Albert Machio confirmed to this writer that they had passed a minute to be forwarded to the criminal investigations department to commence the process of investigations and subsequent prosecution.
He explained that Nzoia Sugar Company was due to remit Sh 1.8 million being capital levy but only Sh1.2 million was forwarded while the balance was paid to the former boss on instructions of Ndombi.
After the scandal, the finance manager was dismissed while Wamang’oli, the former Webuye MP was voted out as the chairman and replaced by the long serving district one director Chris Sifuna.
But the district 4 director has denied fraudulently receiving any illegal payments from the company saying that those accusing him had a hidden agenda
He said the money he received from the company was allowance in his capacity as a director on the board. “All the seven directors receive their monthly allowances and I don’t understand why some people are playing politics instead of concentrating on serving the farmers,” he added
Elsewhere, growers in Nzoia zone have rejected formation of Kenya National Federation of Sugarcane Growers Association (KESGA) and the farmers’ union.
Led by NOCO chairman, Chris Sifuna, the farmers from Kanduyi and Kapchai constitue-ncies argued that an annual General Meeting should have been convened to  formally dissolve the union before the formation of KESGA as federation. They also rejected the interim committee headed by Ibrahim Juma saying they appeared to positioning themselves to use the positions and sneak into leadership.
“The people have been a serious let down to the farmers and if theirs a new farmers body then they should be given the chance to elect a fresh team that can help fight for the farmers rights” Sifuna said in Bungoma town.