The Senate Committee on Trade, Industrialisation, and Tourism has given the Commissioner of Cooperatives (pictured above) and the official liquidator 30 days to surrender all documents related to the Drumvalle Farmers’ Cooperatives Society in Machakos County.
The records in question are related to land owned by the Society and the membership registers, both of which should be surrendered to the current board of management and a report submitted to the Committee in those 30 days.
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The committee, chaired by Kajiado Senator Lenku Ole Kanar Seki, issued the orders at Parliament after a meeting in which it reviewed the handing over report prepared by the Commissioner.
The handing over was undertaken on July 28, 2023, at the Office of the Commissioner after Machakos Agnes Kavindu sought a statement on the status of the land on the floor of the House.
After it successfully arbitrated the handover of the Society’s documents and Assets from the Liquidator, the committee now awaits updates from the Ministry of Cooperatives and the Management of the Society on the status of title deeds of the land set aside for public utilities.
The Society must also give details about the parcels of land that had not been subdivided, the status of the riparian land that had been grabbed, and the prevailing security situation in Drumvale following the handover of the Society’s Management to the current Board.
The titling process of the land is to ensure that the rightful owners of the parcels of land take ownership of their properties.
In the handling report, two questions are yet to be answered. The first relates to the status of convening members of the Society as directed to the Director of Cooperatives, Nairobi City County, by the Commissioner for Cooperative Development in his letter dated September 9, 2022.
Secondly, the malpractices noted in the liquidation process propose disciplinary actions on culpable officers.
The committee directed that the matter remain under active investigation and the Commissioner issue a report at a later date.