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Farmers boycott tea picking citing low bonus payments

16 September 2015, 14:09 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Tea farmers allied to Kangaita Tea Factory in Kirinyaga County have boycotted tea picking citing poor bonus payments.

The farmers have vowed to boycott tea picking until the management of the factory explains why they have received low payments.

They held demonstrations outside their factory before storming the offices.

The farmers claimed that the factory has been topping in sales and wondered how they turned to be last in zone five.

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Carrying twigs and singing protest songs, the enraged farmers jeered at their directors when they tried to address them, saying they will not allow to be hoodwinked by the management.

They accused the factory directors of corruption stating that they have colluded to pay farmers peanuts.

Led by Munene Gachuiri, the farmers rejected the bonus payment of KES 30 insisting that they should be paid more than other tea factories in the region.

Gachuiri claimed that the directors have been committing farmers’ earnings in multimillion projects without their consent thus reducing their earnings.

He claimed that the factory has procured a new tea milling plant a move he noted was not approved by farmers.

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