Cooperative members turn violent, stop court bailiff from auctioning their abattoir

By IGIHE
On 25 July 2019 at 05:53

Members of KOADU Dukundumurimo, a cooperative that runs an abattoir in Rubavu district have stopped a court bailiff identified as Leon Semajambi from auctioning their Rutagara abattoir in Rubavu sector. It is said the abattoir was involved in fraudulent acts involving former heads of the cooperative.

Members turned violent today morning and forcefully sent away the court bailiff.

Following the incident, Semajambi postponed the auctioning to 1st August 2019.
The court bailiff went to auction the property without any security officials.

On the same day, members of the cooperative filed a lawsuit against the auctioning, a court session that the bailiff never attended.

The abattoir was reportedly completed at a cost of Rwf 372 million but heads of the cooperative later allegedly approved a payment of Rwf 435 million to building contractors that constructed the facility and signed the fraudulent document without the consent of the cooperative members.

The management and contractors involved in the fraudulent acts were all arrested.
It is said that they had forged signatures of cooperative members.

Members complained that the court considered documents forged by their leaders.
Beatha Mukanoheri, the secretary of KOADU said: “The court bailiff has absented himself in the court where he was summoned so that his plan to auction the abattoir is not halted.”

Bailiff Semajambi, however, said there is no court ruling on halting the auctioning.
“We postpone the auctioning over residents’ complaints but there is no court ruling canceling the auctioning. The auctioning is adjourned to 1st August 2019. Nothing will halt the auction. We will come with security officials next time,” he said.

The management of Rwanda Cooperative Agency (RCA) recently stopped the auctioning of the abattoir over suspected fraudulent acts committed by former managers of the cooperative.

Members turned violent today morning and forcefully sent away the court bailiff.
Following the incident, Semajambi postponed the auctioning to 1st August 2019.
Members of the cooperative filed a lawsuit against the auctioning, a court session which the bailiff never attended.

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