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Chief, Ass. Chief interdicted for stealing

30 April 2013, 18:06 Oduor Omondi

A chief and his assistant have been interdicted for allegedly stealing 100 bags of maize meant for flood victims in Nyatike, Migori County.
The administrators were interdicted after complaints from locals and area MPs that they were squandering the relief food instead of dispatching it to flood victims.

Announcing this, Nyanza provincial commissioner Francis Mutie said the two will face the full wrath of the law and will be sacked if found culpable of the allegations.

Early last week, two young men were arrested for selling relief food meant for flood victims. When they were interrogated by the District Criminal Investigations Officer, they said they were obeying orders of the chiefs. Mutie said this formed the basis of their interdiction.

He further directed that relief food should not be distributed by one person but the disaster management committee members from the sub-location level.

He warned local administrators against squandering government relief food meant for flood victims in the province.

Mutie pointed out that a dispatch has been sent to all provincial administrators warning them of ‘serious’ consequences if found engaging in illegal activities in regard to the relief food.

He promised that stern action will be taken against rogue government officials who steal or sell relief food meant to cushion flood victims from hunger.

He said all stakeholders should be in included in the distribution of relief food to avert cases of suspicion among locals and their leaders.

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