Institute legal measures against TCCCO leadership-orders minis

09Jan 2020
Correspondent
Moshi
The Guardian
Institute legal measures against TCCCO leadership-orders minis

DEPUTY minister for Agriculture, Omary Mgumba has called for legal action to be taken against the leaders of Tanganyika Coffee Curing Co Ltd (TCCCO), based in Moshi, Kilimanjaro region for failing to pay farmers money amounting 150m/-.

The money was to be paid to Kalinzi organic coffee group of Kigoma region for the 2011/12 agricultural season.

The order was issues over the weekend  after meeting with the TCCCo Ltd leadership as a part of implementing the Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa’s directives issued July 30, 2018, when he visited a coffee plantation at Nyarubanda ward in Kigoma region.

The minister issued the order over the weekend after meeting with the factory leadership, in fulfillment of the Prime Minister's resolution dated July 30, 2018, when he visited a coffee plantation in Nyarubanda County in Kigoma.

However, during his visit, the directed the deputy minister for agriculture  to  make a good follow up of 150m/- which was paid to other group instead of  Kalinzi organic coffee group.

The deputy minister explained that, the investigation revealed that the money was mistakenly paid by the Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB) to the Kalinzi Farm Coffee instead of the Kalinzi organic coffee growers association  who  supplied the coffee to the factory.

"We have taken into account that the money was mistakenly paid to the Malinzi Farm Coffee instead of the Kalinzi organic coffee growers group but the leaders  hadnot taken any action for the past eight years," the deputy minister said.

In addition, he said in the 2011/2012 coffee season, Kalinzi organic coffee growers group based in Kigoma supplied their coffee to TCCCo, but the money was transferred to another group,  that the fifth phase government decided to intervene and bring back the money to the group which was supposed to be paid.

For his part, the TCCCo manager, Japhet Ndosi  admitted that they received   coffee from  Kalinzi organic coffee group.  form.

"It is true that the mistake was done by the TCCCo through the former leadership who were supposed to be accountable so that the farmers could be paid”, the manager said.