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Farmers storm crisis meeting

By | May 10th 2010

By Patrick Muriungi

The Sh100 million Mitunguu Irrigation Farmers Co-operative Society in Imenti South District is embroiled in a crisis.

A section of disgruntled farmers disrupted a crisis meeting convened by the Eastern Provincial Co-operative Officer (PCO) demanding for the removal of four of the seven management committee members.

About 100 farmers stormed the society’s Mitunguu offices and ejected the co-operative officials led by the PCO’s representative, a Mr Mutiria, and the four embattled management committee members, who they accuse of running down the 2,000-member society. Administration police officers had to be deployed to guard the Government officials and the society managers as the farmers, who were chanting war songs and carrying tree branches, ordered them to leave.

Apart from demanding for an urgent Annual General Meeting to replace the four managers whose three year term they claim has lapsed, the farmers also want a former Secretary Manager arrested and surcharged over alleged loss of Sh2 million.

"We have been remitting annual water maintenance fee of between Sh1,500 and Sh2,000, yet the local cooperative officials have claimed that our society which was formed 24 years ago is insolvent," said Mr Stephen Kiarie.

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