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Embu politicians inciting farmers against KTDA - director

Mwafrika said some politicians have been telling farmers that the system for electing their directors is faulty

In Summary

• Mwafrika told the politicians to stop misleading the farmers since they (parliamentarians) are the only ones who can change the voting system, not the farmers.

• He urged the tea farmers to ignore the politicians and focus on nurturing their crop.

Mungania factory director Samuel Mwafrika
TEA: Mungania factory director Samuel Mwafrika
Image: /REUBEN GITHINJI

A director of a tea factory in Embu has accused politicians of inciting farmers against KTDA.

Mungania KTDA factory director Samuel Mwafrika said some politicians have been telling farmers that the system for electing their directors is faulty, and that they should push for amendments.

Mwafrika said the politicians were telling farmers that voting for their directors, depending on farmers' shares, is undemocratic, unfair and oppressive, and they should push for one farmer, one vote.

The director, who was accompanied by the factory chairman, Julius Nyaga, said the leaders were inciting the farmers to do an inconceivable thing since the system of voting was put in place by Parliament.

He told the politicians to stop misleading the farmers since they (parliamentarians) are the only ones who can change the voting system, not the farmers.

Mwafrika urged the tea farmers to ignore the politicians and focus on nurturing their crop.

“Laws are changed in Parliament and not in political meetings. The leaders should change the voting system in the National Assembly if they feel the laws governing tea sector are defective instead of going round inciting farmers,” Mwafika said.

He spoke when the factory launched distribution of soap to tea collection centres. The soap was donated by Fair Trade Organisation in the fight against the coronavirus.

Edited by A.N