Minister intervenes in meat factory dispute

28Apr 2020
Correspondent
Arusha
The Guardian
Minister intervenes in meat factory dispute

​​​​​​​MINISTER for Industry and Trade Innocent Bashungwa has appealed to the Prevention and combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) in Arusha region to act fairly in investigations over the dispute at the Happy Sausages meat processing factory in Arusha city.

MINISTER for Industry and Trade Innocent Bashungwa.

Speaking during his visit at the factory accompanied by Arusha Regional Commissioner Mrisho Gambo, Bashungwa said PCCB was in the last stages of investigations and he believes the bureau will conduct the investigations fairly.

In the presence of Arusha region PCCB Commander Frida Wikesi, Bashungwa said the government is closely following up the dispute therefore PCCB will abide by industrial economy interests.

The factory’s director Andrew Mollel said due to the dispute the factory had failed to get a loan from Kenya Commercial Bank thereby failing to pay livestock keepers who had been supplying various products.

"The PCCB took away all documents relating to land ownership and up to now the investigations are not complete. We have failed to access  KCB loan,” said Mollel.

He said as of now over 70 per cent of business at the factory had been affected due to Covid-19 pandemic that had necessitate closure of the main market  and tourist hotels in the region.

Arusha Regional Commissioner Mrisho Gambo said at first he formed a committee to probe on the issue and has finalized  work. However  they are now waiting for  PCCB to complete  investigations so as to come up with a joint report.