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Wambui cautions tea farmers against commercial sex workers

11 October 2013, 18:29 Nimmo Churu

Nyeri - Othaya MP Mary Wambui has urged the men in Othaya not to neglect their wives and children during this time when tea bonuses have been released.

Wambui urged the men to first give priority to their families who have been toiling in the farms to ensure they get good pay from their tea instead of squandering the money.

The Mp noted that visitors have been flocking the town awaiting the disbursement of the bonus which will be released in a week’s time.

Commercial sex workers and tricksters have been in the past been known to con old men and women out of their money leaving their families in destitute condition.

Local bars and lodgings have also recorded new tenants immediately after the announcement of the tea bonus.

The prostitutes are said to travel from as far as Mombasa, Eldoret and Nairobi and rent rooms in the town immediately after the Kenya Tea Development Agency announces the bonus rates.

“These visitors are here just for a while. They will squander your money and move to where the grass is greener. I urge you to put your family which was working in the farms even during the rainy season first,” she said.

KTDA released the bonuses last month with Gathuthi, which is in Tetu, delivering their tea there getting a rate of KES 38 per kilo. Gitugi will pay at a rate of KES 38 per kilo, Iriani at KES 33 while Chinga will pay at KES 34.

The money is expected to be in the farmers’ accounts by October 25.

This year’s revenues from the sale of tea climbed to KES 69 billion up from KES 61 billion earned last year countrywide. The high revenues were attributed to high production of the green leaf delivered to the factories due to the favourable weather.

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