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Purko ranch members hold demo over mismanagement of assets

A section of the members of the Purko Development Trust in Ilkiremisho area in Narok North Sub-County are up in arms against what they term as bad leadership and mismanagement of the resources of their 3,000-acre ranch which is under the management of the trust.

They also claim that the farm has been leased out to an Israeli investor for a period of 40 years without involving them.

The members led by James Ole Nchoe, Nick Sururu, Daniel Lemara and Noomali Lorgeso among others claim the members have not benefitted from wheat and irish potatoes that are grown on the farm each year due to bad leadership and mismanagement of the assets of the farm.

They also claim the current leadership of the trust are in office illegally as their term ended last December and demanded that they leave office immediately.

But in a rebuttal, the chairman of the Purko Development Trust Bishop Peter Ole Nakola and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Nkaiwatei maintained that the current leadership was in the office legally and were ready to give every information needed by the members about the operations of the trust in order to satisfy them.

The Trust, registered under the Purko community of Narok County, was established in 1956 and has been operating as Purko Sheep Ranch with a focus on livestock breeding for sale.

Over the years, it has expanded its ventures to include growing barley, wheat, potatoes and green peas to fight poverty and advance education standards of the community.

It owns over 5,000 acres of land within Narok, out of which 3,200 acres are located in the Tipis area, some 70 kilometres from both Narok and Nakuru towns while the rest is located in Entiani.

Kisheldka and Naroosura have a membership of over 500,000 people.

By Mabel Keya Shikuku

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