KTDA directors confront Kericho governor

KTDA directors confront Kericho governor


Small scale tea farmers affiliated to Kapkatet Tea Factory are demanding for their cess funds from Kericho county government headed by Governor Paul Chepkwony.

The farmers challenged the governor to come out and explain why he has not released the money that is meant for improving impassable roads.

Kapkatet Tea Factory directors confirmed that the governor is yet to release the money to respective factories.

The farmers raised the matter during a farmers’ general meeting at factory ground where they demanded an explanation from the management since most roads were impassable.

As Chepkwony is pushing for auction of the commodity in Kericho town to serve west of Rift a section of farmers appears to be supporting his idea.

But the management led by regional manager Charles Manegene rubbished the decision saying it is pointless to have auction in Kericho yet all other competitors are selling in Mombasa.

The idea of governor is misplaced since he wants to mislead tea farmers yet he was not one of them except the virtue of being the area governor.

The amount Kenya Tea Development Agency directors in Kericho county are demanding is Sh71 million that is in county account.

Last year, Cheborge electoral zone director Weldon Maritim challenge the governor to release the money with interest failure to that they will take legal action.

KTDA vice-chairman, Philip Ng’etich and Weldon Maritim, the director representing Cheborgei electoral area of the factory had called for speedy disbursement of the money.

They were speaking at Tebesonik factory last year, a satellite factory of Kapkatet, during the shareholders annual general meeting.