Coffee farmers urged to elect integrity leaders
21 November 2014, 19:51
Nairobi - Coffee farmers should elect people with integrity and high administrative skills into the management of their factories and cooperative societies, Othaya MP Mary Wambui has advised.
The MP decried that most coffee societies have been ruined by individuals who go scot free despite having embezzled farmers’ funds.
While addressing media in her constituency, Wambui asked local coffee farmers not to withdraw their membership form the famous Othaya Coffee Cooperative Union.
Each factory can not individually, Wambui said, since they will create space for middle men.
Most coffee factories in Othaya are advocating for the removal of current management team in the Cooperative union claiming that it is misappropriating farmers’ funds.
Others have been calling for the dissolve of the Cooperative.
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“We are telling the farmers to remain in one union because they should not expect to succeed if they break up into single factories,” she said.
Wambui reminded the residents about the problems that they faced before forming the Othaya Co-operative Union.
She constantly cautioned them that a group of profiteers was sponsoring some of those agitating for the break-up so that they could have easy pickings once the societies were broken up into smaller entities.
The MP further said that coffee sector should be handled by the national government and the county governments should not force farmers to sell their produce to a single buyer chosen by a governor.
She made the remarks after lunching tree planting projects in all locations within her constituency.
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