Bandari Sacco on the spot over claims of fund misuse

Tuesday, December 21st, 2021 00:00 | By
Sacco savings illustration. PHOTO/Courtesy

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) yesterday camped at Mombasa-based Bandari Sacco, to question top officials of the institution over alleged claims of impropriety. 

DCI officers confirmed to People Daily they were investigating claims the officials of the Sacco bought a piece of land, without following the due process.

A member John Oucho, lodged a petition at the High Court accusing the officials of stealing from the Sacco among other claims of fraudulent activities.

In a petition, Oucho accuses the officials of using an ongoing construction to pilfer money from the members’ Sacco.

The ongoing construction of a perimeter wall has invited scrutiny, which has in turn raised questions over the source of the funding.

Further allegations from human rights bodies allege that the Sacco, did not carry out due diligence before making the purchase of the land that cost it Sh280 million.

The DCI officer who requested anonymity said they were unable to get statements from Sacco chairman Chairman Ken Sungu who was ill but tey hope to get to him once he recovers.

Joseph Otieno Bee, Chief Executive Officer of the 17,000-member society earlier told the People Daily that a few disgruntled members are behind the claims he described as malicious.

“The allegations are unfair on the current leadership of the Sacco. They are simply malicious,” he said.    —KNA

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