By Dan Nyamanga
Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government Dr. Fred Matiang’i has insisted that the proposed tea reforms must be implemented to save farmers’ agony.
Speaking yesterday in Nyaikuro in Nyamira County where he led senior government officials and Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDA) faithful in a fundraiser to construct the Nyamira West Conference headquarters, Dr. Matiang’i said that it was time for the tea and coffee farmers to realize the value of their sweat in farms.
“As a government, we said the shenanigans facing the tea farming will be a thing of the past henceforth, we can sit and watch few individuals frustrate tea farmers forever. The reforms must be put in place and whoever is wasting time to court to block them, I encourage you to even goes and find a room in courts and live their but the reforms shall finally materialize.
We have been given mandate by the President Uhuru Kenyatta and you (tea directors) cannot stop these reforms, we must change how our farmers are treated in the tea and coffee farming”, said Dr. Matiang’i.
Dr. Matiang’i said that the outgoing tea directors and other senior officials in the tea agency had moved to court to block the changes seen to drive them out of agency.
The reforms will bring about transparency and accountability to farmers.
“These individuals go sit in boardrooms, decide on what to pay the farmers after the sales of the products, and pocket the lion’s share to their families when the tea grower is living in abject poverty for a long period now. This must end”, added Matiang’i.
Dr. Matiang’i, who was accompanied by his Agriculture counterpart Peter Munya, Transport Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Chris Obure and East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA)M.P Mpuri Aburi, drummed up support for the Constitution of Kenya amendment Bill 2020 popularly known as BBI saying that it carried more goodies to benefit the common citizens and bring services closer.
“Truth be told, if we pass BBI and this constituency of Kitutu Masaba is cut into two and receive more fund for the separated areas, isn’t that a big advantage to our people, is that now wrong when we get more resource?
Let’s work together and support the amendment and move the country together, let’s stop cheap politics and focus on developing Kenya together”, added Dr. Matiang’i.