Coffee farmers in Bugisu sub-region have appealed to the Ministry of Trade and Industry to immediately release the findings of the probe into the mismanagement of Bugisu Co-operative Union.
In July, the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry conducted a probe into the alleged corruption in the management of Bugisu Co-operative Union.
The ministry was mandated to establish how the management of the union spent 1.6 million dollars that it borrowed from Jobbing Field Property Financial Co. Ltd.
The Ministry was also expected to probe the alleged theft of coffee valued at 935 million shillings from Bugisu Co-operative Union stores in Mbale and to establish the loss of 573 million shillings that the management of the union termed as wash out costs.
The Ministry also conducted investigations into the manner in which the board members of Bugisu co-operative society paid themselves retirement benefits worth 25 million shillings yet they are still holding offices.
After more than five months of waiting, a group of coffee farmers, opinion leaders and elders yesterday held a meeting in Mt. Elgon Hotel in Mbale and passed resolved that the Ministry of Trade should immediately release the probe report.
Davies Mwaule, an opinion leader says the findings should be released to erase suspicion from members of the public.
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Nandala Mafabi, the Chairman of Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) says he visited the ministry of trade on Monday to voice his concern on the delay to release the report.
Nandala says he donated reams of papers to the probe committee after he was told the delay was due to lack of stationery.
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