Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) wants the graft-busting body, Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB), to investigate alleged fraud and corruption at the Salima Sugar Company, following the procurement of a sugar mill and compensation of local inhabitants who were allegedly displaced by the sugar company.
“We have information that GBA purchased a sugar mill capable of crushing 1000 tonnes per day allegedly at $35 million in India. However, it is alleged that the actual cost of this mill is $15 million. It is alleged that the $20 million was shared between public servants and politicians,” said HRDC Chairperson Gift Trapence, in a letter sent to the ACB.
However, Salima Sugar Company Secretary Charles Thupi the company has made efforts to exonerate itself from the sugar mill deal. Thupi outlines in a letter that the mill was procured under Letters of Credit (LoC) operated by the Ministry of Finance of $100 million (which is about K79 billion at current exchange rate).