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Sacco officials face prosecution over Sh70m scandal

Teachers are calling for the prosecution of sacco officials implicated in the loss of more than Sh70 million and their properties attached to recover the money.

Over 7,000 teachers in Nandi County lost their savings and an inquiry by the Co-operatives ministry implicated the officials in the scandal. The teachers said their children had dropped out of school for lack of fees as most relied on loans from the sacco to educate them.

‘‘Children who had applied to go for further studies cannot access funds because former officials crippled the teachers co-operative,’’ one teacher said.

The sacco officials were also accused of grabbing 200 acres of land belonging to the Nandi Teachers Cooperative purchased in 2003. The teachers want the land surrendered.

“The management of the sacco went to the Lands ministry and got shocked when they discovered land documents missing and alerted KNUT leaders and they agreed to call for urgent teachers’ meeting to discuss the issue,’’ said Nandi teachers sacco chairman Alfred Ngetuny.

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Tempers flared on Tuesday at a meeting in Kapsabet stadium when Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) leaders and Nandi teachers sacco management disowned a task force appointed last year to investigate the 200 acres of land belonging to the teachers.

“The task force composed 40 officials who were supposed to investigate shady land deals conspired with prominent personalities and registered the land under the families and relatives and instead turned against teachers should not be allowed to go free since it would encourage land grabbing while poor teachers continues to suffer, ” said Mr Misoi, the KNUT for Nandi south.

The 7,000 teachers led by Knut officials; national trustee, Boniface Tenai, Josephat Serem, secretary for Nandi north, Stephen Misoi, secretary for Nandi south and Sylvester Talam, secretary for Nandi central branch, demanded that action be taken against the officials accused of stealing teachers’ properties.

Mr Serem said the former Cooperative minister Joseph Nyagah had directed that properties of top officials of the Nandi Teachers Sacco be attached and that Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission invited to investigate the scandal, but to date nothing has taken place.

Mr Tenai asked some of the officials who are still in office and are implicated in the loss of teachers’ funds and land to quit to pave way for investigations, adding that the era of impunity ended under new constitution.

Teachers resolved that the anti-corruption agency be invited to carry out independent investigation into the land scandal.

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