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Migori MCA accused of blocking sacco that would rival his fish business

The sacco officials said they lost over Sh55,000 on preparing for the launch- cum- fundraising for the Sacco which was to be presided over by the governor.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comSunday, 09 Oct 2016 14:11 EAT

An MCA in the Migori County Assembly has been accused of blocking a project that would rival his fish distribution business. Fishermen in Muhuru Bay say that John Bondori has opposed the establishment of a fishing cooperative society for Muhuru Bay and Nyangwena fish landing beaches because the cooperative would compete with his own business.

It happens that Mr Bondori is one of the most established middlemen of the local fish trade. As an MCA, he also holds considerable sway on the operations of the Migori assembly and had prevailed upon the governor not to visit his ward to launch the fishermen’s sacco.

“Mr Bondori has been trading in fish for long which has made him go against formation of the Sacco and prevented Governor Okoth Obado from officially opening our Sacco on 28 last month,” said Mr Odhiambo Machira, a representative of the fishermen, at a press conference in Migori.

Mr Machira, the secretary of the proposed sacco, said Mr Bondori wanted the fishermen to continue selling their catch through him, hence his efforts to scuttle the formation of Nyagwena Fishermen Sacco whose main goal was to remove middlemen from the fish trade.

Mr Machira led other officials of the sacco to Migori Town on Tuesday to raise their grievances with the county executive committee member for trade, Mr Thomas Maneno. The sacco officials said they lost over Sh55,000 on preparing for the launch- cum- fundraising for the Sacco which was to be presided over by the governor.

Mr Maneno assured the fishermen that Governor Obado would make time to launch the sacco and do the harambee, after which the fishermen said: “Now that we have been assured the governor will come to Muhuru, we wish to tell our MCA to keep off from development,” said Machira.

Mr Bondori, however, said that he had not interfered in the sacco’s formation nor advised the governor against launching it. He said there were two rival saccos in the beaches and they should resolve their own problems instead of blaming him.

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