REFORM, REGULATIONS

Tea Board of Kenya will be up and running by April - CS Munya

Board will entrench good governance and efficiency in the tea value chain, says CS

In Summary

• Tea Board will comprise of four tea directors, a member from big private tea estates, representatives from tea traders and a chair  appointed by the President.

• The first step in implementing the Tea Act is election of the board of directors.

 

Agriculture CS Peter Munya addressing journalists during the launch of Draft Tea (Tea Factory Limited Company Election) and Draft Tea (Board Members Election) Regulations at Kilimo House, Nairobi on January 7.
TEA REFORMS: Agriculture CS Peter Munya addressing journalists during the launch of Draft Tea (Tea Factory Limited Company Election) and Draft Tea (Board Members Election) Regulations at Kilimo House, Nairobi on January 7.
Image: DOUGLAS OKIDDY

The Tea Board of Kenya will be up and running by April.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya said on Thursday formation of the board will depend on the elections expected to be held on March 16.

He said to operationalise the Tea Board of Kenya, the Agriculture ministry has prepared the Tea Board (Elections) Regulations, 2020 under the Tea Act, 2020.

Munya said representatives of sakeholders in the tea value chain will take their places on the board of directors of the Tea Board.

The regulations provide eligibility requirements, election guidelines with application procedures, guidelines for the election process, voting process, power of attorney for corporate institution growers, modification of forms and election observers.

Munya said this is the first move in implementing the Tea Act.

The Tea Act, 2020 came into force December 24 last year when President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the Tea Bill.

"We are releasing the first set of the regulations governing the elections of the tea board directors and directors of the factory companies that are managed by KTDA," he said.

The CS said the ministry will swiftly put reforms into effect and give farmers the opportunity to vote for their representatives in the Tea Factory Limited companies and in the Tea Board of Kenya.

(Edited by. V. Graham)