Farmers elect new directors in tea sector polls at Chinga factory. Peter Kanyago, a long serving KTDA Chairman was ousted as the Chinga factory Director.
Peter Kanyago, the KTDA long serving chairman for 26 years was Saturday removed from his position as Chinga's factory tea director effectively ending his reign at the embattled agency.
Gichiche stadium in Nyeri County was the abbatoir where farmers gathered to elect new officials using the ‘one-man-one-vote’ formula that has brought power back to them as opposed to when elections of farmers’ representatives were determined by the number of tea bushes and number of shares one had.
The long serving KTDA Chairman Peter Kanyago who was ousted Saturday as a director at Chinga Factory in Nyeri
Patrick Ngunjiri, perceivably the farmer's saviour in a disruption to change course of tea farming business said the elections are anchored on the companies act and memorandums and articles of each factory that participated.
The Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) chairman Peter Kanyago and the CEO Lerionka Tiampati have been the face of pain inthe the tea sector with nearly every farmer vememently complaining about the dwidling proceeds from a plant tauted as one of the biggest foreign exchange earner for the country. The tea elections were tense and in an atmosphere reminscent of attacks meted to killer brews authorised by President Uhuru Kenyatta some years ago. Any former director would not have dared to participate inthe process as irate farmers would have lynched them.
A tea farmer in Mathira Village , Nyeri County uprooting tea plants
Kanyago was replaced as a director representing Mumbuini West at the factory level by Mark Mwangi who farmers hoped would with other directors from the other factories who held elections before would errand a new begging inthe tea sector.