Parliament urged to probe Patrick Musyimi on Kenya Planters’ Co-operative Union woes

By MWANIKI WAHOME
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The Kenya Planters’ Co-operative Union board wants Parliament to institute an inquiry into the manner in which the Commissioner of Co-operatives, Mr Patrick Musyimi, has handled revival of the union.

KPCU chairman William Gatei called for the investigation on Monday moments after the commercial court in Milimani, Nairobi, presided by Mr Justice Weldon Korir, restrained aparallel board elected under the directive of the commissioner from taking office until a case filed against them is determined.

Mr Gatei accused the commissioner of instigating chaos through holding illegal elections that have brought back directors who presided over the collapse of KPCU, with the objective of having it driven under again.

“The commissioner sits on the board of Kenya Coffee Co-operative Exporters, which is in competition with KPCU for business. We had leased some facilities to KCCE, but we have declined to renew the contract. The commissioner is an interested party and is instigating the chaos to benefit KCCE,” Mr Gatei said on Monday after resuming office.

Some of those elected were barred from contesting elections by a parliamentary committee on agriculture, led by Mr John Mututho, in July 2012 over mismanagement of the union, leading to its placement under receivership.

He said the conduct of Mr Musyimi was suspicious as he had not offered any assistance in lifting KPCU’s receivership but had developed sudden interest in its affairs, leading to the current confusion.

On Friday, the directors forced their way into the union’s offices at Wakulima House, under heavy police guard in defiance of court orders restraining them from convening meetings or interfering with operations of the union.

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