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ZOMBO. The king of Alur His Highness Ubimu Philip Olarker Rauni III, has ordered the leadership of Zombo tea growers’ cooperative society under the chairmanship of..........

ZOMBO. The king of Alur His Highness Ubimu Philip Olarker Rauni III, has ordered the leadership of Zombo tea growers’ cooperative society under the chairmanship of Jimmy Okello to withdraw the petition it had filed against the state minister for Northern Uganda also Zombo district woman Member of parliament Ms Grace Freedom Kwiyocwiny.

The petition dated 13th November 2019 was submitted to the office of the Speaker of Parliament of Uganda and that of the Prime Minster seeking among other things to have Alur kingdom and the minister investigated for their alleged role in the reportedly swindled billions of shillings meant for tea growing in Zombo and part of Nebbi district.

The petition also among other things sought an intervention to stop the registration of Zombo Royal Tea Company Limited claiming it would jeopardize the progress of the yet crawling tea cooperative society.

It further wants Edwin foundation, a consultant offering capacity building to tea farmers stopped basing on the director’s questionable record and underground deals with farmers.

But the king during a meeting convened by the kingdom at the district farm institute on Friday asked the leadership of the Zombo tea growers’ cooperative society to withdraw the petition with immediate effect.

The king said besides being misleading and fabricated, the petition puts the kingdom in a bad light and may eventually block lobbying avenues for future development projects.

The king also suspended Jimmy Okello and the cooperative society from his 500 acres of land on which the society had already planted about 80acres of tea.

He said Zombo royal tea company limited is an initiative by the kingdom to strengthen the tea sub-sector through value addition and does not in any way weaken the existing cooperative society.

He said the Edwin foundation will also continue with its advisory role so that tea farmers get to learn practical management of their tea garden.

Meanwhile the Bishop Nebbi Diocese Rt. Rev. Alphonse Wathokudi called upon the kingdom to forgive the cooperative society and put in a place clearly spelled out roles of all the actors involved in the tea project to avoid uncalled for intrigue.

Mr Jimmy Okello 10 12 19Mr Jimmy Okello speaks about the petition during the meeting convened by the king.