Budalangâ€™i legislator, Ababu Namwamba has asked the Auditor General and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to speed up investigations into alleged embezzlement at Magombe Multi-purpose Cooperative Society.
Addressing hundreds of rice farmers at the societyâ€™s offices at Magombe in Bunyala Central ward, Namwamba said over shs.100 million have been misappropriated by certain officials in disregard of the farmers needs for the last ten years. â€œI have written to the two bodies to come and investigate corrupt malpractices at the society. The auditors were here two weeks ago and they have started investigations. We want them to investigate all the officials and tell us where all that money went to.
â€œI am assuring you that any person who will be implicated in the audit report should be ready to go to jailâ€, he told the farmers.
The ODM Secretary General said over 56 acres of rice farms are at risk of destruction after fertilizer application period surpassed by 48 days as the society can not avail fertilizer to farmers. He challenged the society membership to ensure they come up with dedicated officials ready to serve the interests of the members and not their own.
â€œMillions of shillings have been injected into this society but right now if you ask for the money no single cent can be produced. Those funds must be in somebodyâ€™s pockets. People are buying cars; others
are marrying many wives and many other things at the expense of farmersâ€, Namwamba said.
Namwamba cautioned the farmers against allowing petty politics in the irrigation scheme, saying he has been serving the farmers regardless of their political affiliations. â€œI have been working with you regardless of your political association. When I was distributing fertilizer to you I donâ€™t remember asking who you voted for in the last general election. Being a farmer was the only â€˜passportâ€, he stated.
The societyâ€™s spokesperson, Stephen Adinda said they are bound to lose millions of shillings if they do not get fertilize on time. â€œThis is the 48th day and farmers from feeder three to seven have all planted yet there is no fertilizer at the societyâ€™s stores. Only farmers in feeder one and two received fertilizer. This is a big
challenge to us farmers and attempts to get explanation from the societyâ€™s committee led by Christopher Gunyi have been in vainâ€, he said
Adinda said urgent measures need to be taken and urged the county cooperative office to call for elections immediately to salvage thesociety.