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KTDA secretary sued for engaging in politics

15 January 2014, 12:00 Joseph Njung’eh

Nairobi - The Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) have sued their Secretary, John Kennedy Omanga for engaging in politics while still serving in the board.

Omanga had unsuccessfully vied for the Nyaribari Chache parliamentary representative in the recent by elections on a KANU ticket. He lost to Ford people’s Richard Tongi.

According to the KTDA Chairman Peter Kanyago, Omanga’s move was against the agency’s policy since he had allegedly said that he was just on leave.

Efforts of forcing him to leave office after losing the seat, Kanyago said, were futile as Omanga maintained that he did not violate any section of the constitution.

Therefore, the agency has hired three lawyers to pursue the matter in court but it is yet to be determined, according to a statement from the Chairman.

“We do not allow politics in KTDA and Omanga should not serve in the board while still in the political field. That is unconstitutional but court will decide,” said the Chairman.

Omanga, 49, son of the former area MP Andrew Omanga, garnered 501 votes emerging the seventh in the race.

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