Irate farmers torch coffee factory
18 November 2014, 09:38
Nyeri - Property worth millions of shillings went up in flames after irate farmers set on fire Kaguyu coffee factory in Mukurwe-ini, Nyeri County.
The irate farmers, who were protesting delivery of their crop to Sagana coffee mills in line with the County government initiative, raided the premises and set a store on fire before disappearing to a nearby thicket.
Speaking to the press, the factory manager, John Maina said he was in his office when he saw a group of farmers armed with crude weapons descending on the premises.
He said that he went to check what was happening and saw them torch the factory store, which contained chemicals and other equipments.
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''We had just finished packing our coffee into a lorry which had already left for Sagana coffee mills when these goons came and without uttering a word set the store on fire. We tried to extinguish the inferno but were unable to salvage anything,'' said Maina.
He suspected that their former Treasurer was behind the plot since he had been spotted moving around with a loud speaker warning farmers that their coffee was being stolen.
Senior security personnel led by Mukuruwe-ini OCPD, Beatrice Kimoning, visited the factory and assured the farmers that investigations were in progress and that perpetrators will be arrested and prosecuted.
Kimoning said that no one has been arrested so far and urged the public to volunteer information on the whereabouts of the attackers.
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