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Coffee growers welcome proposal to audit debt waivers - 2 months ago, 11 Feb 00:14

Joseph Muchiri

Coffee farmers support a proposal to audit all societies that have received debt waivers from the Government.

The proposal came from the Parliamentary Committee on Trade, Industry and Cooperatives that is investigating suspected malpractices at New Kyeni Co-operative Society.

The parliamentary committee said an audit would establish whether the Government had achieved its objective of relieving farmers of debt burden.

The committee chaired by Kieni East MP Kanini Kega also recommended that the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) investigate suspected mismanagement of assets and loss of coffee proceeds at the society.

The committee also required the commissioner of cooperatives to audit the bylaws of all societies to ensure that they are in tandem with the Constitution and existing laws.

Human rights activist Taratisio Kawe and four farmers, Richard Kinyua, George Nyaga, Weru Kirutha and Erastus Nthiga had petitioned the National Assembly, on behalf of the other members, to probe the society.

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