Investigations commence after loss of 4 million from Kikima dairy

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Makueni Governor Prof. Kivutha Kibwana during the opening of Kikima Dairy Plant in 2018. The county has commenced investigations following the loss of 4 million. (Photo credit - Courtesy)

Makueni County Government through the Ministry of Agriculture is set to start investigations following the loss of 4 million from Kikima Dairy Plant.

According to Makueni County Agriculture CECM, Bob Kisyula investigations have commenced and people involved in the mismanagement of funds will be prosecuted.

“Those who were in the management should know that even if they are no longer in the management we shall do a forensic audit and if there are some who have misused public funds they should be prepared to return the money and if there is any of our staff that has tampered with the running of the plant they should be ready to take responsibility,” the CECM said.

Kisyula said this while welcoming the new committee that was appointed to run this plant for the next 90 days saying that farmers can now start taking their produce to the dairy plant and that politics should be put aside.

James Muli the newly appointed Chairman assured farmers that all who have not been paid their dues in the next 90 days they shall receive what is duly theirs so they can get the plant back on its feet.

“We have agreed that within the 90 days we shall pay staff who had not been paid, creditors and suppliers and we are also going to perform and give back a report within the three months,” he said.

Last month Makueni County Assembly waived the verified outstanding debt of Kikima Dairy Fraternity by sourcing funds from the Ward Budget as per the agreement with the area member of County Assembly.

In a report which was tabled by theĀ  ChairmanĀ  Committee on Agriculture Livestock and Food Security Ukia MCA Japheth Katumo, there would be new management to run the Dairy Plant which would include County Government representatives in Agriculture and Cooperatives department and professional in business Management.

“Kikima Dairy plant will see the establishment of new management committee strengthened by the inclusion of the County Government representatives of Agriculture and Cooperatives department and professionals in business management,” read the report.

 

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