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DP Rigathi Gachagua issues a stern warning to former KTDA directors who attempted to forcefully take over factories and KTDA HQs on Monday

“The government will not allow anybody to destabilise the reforms and stability that is going on in the tea subsector. The attempt by former directors to forcefully take over factories and the KTDA headquarters is the height of impunity, and the government will not allow impunity,” said the DP

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has described as the height of impunity attempt by former Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) board members to forcefully take over factories countrywide and the KTDA headquarters.

He said the government will not allow anybody to destabilise and derail the reforms already being implemented in the tea subsector – following a failed bid by former KTDA directors to invade the factories in a bid to take over.

Speaking when he visited the Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) Nairobi International Trade Fair at the Jamhuri Park in Nairobi, Gachagua he said the government will not allow the kind of impunity that was displayed by the former directors led by former chairman Peter Kanyago.

He said the current director must be given space to do their job, continue instituting reforms and looking for market so that tea farmers can get value for their produce.

“Invading the KTDA headquarters was the height of impunity, and the government will not allow impunity. They must allow the directors who are in office to continue executing their mandate and continue instituting reforms in the tea subsector and looking for market to make sure that our tea farmers get value for money,” said Gachagua.

He said the government was will not allow anybody to destabilise the reforms and stability that is going on in the tea subsector. The attempt by former directors to forcefully take over factories and the KTDA headquarters is the height of impunity, and the government will not allow impunity,” said Gachagua.

Gachagua’s assertion came only a day after the Cabinet told off the ousted directors warning them to keep of KTDA and telling them the reforms already initiated in the subsector would not be reversed.

The Cabinet meeting for the first time under the chairmanship of President William Ruto released a statement that warned the former directors to keep off the sector saying the reforms and gains implemented by the previous regime will be protected for the better.

Gachagua’s comment puts the last nail on the coffin of the former directors who were removed from office following sweeping reforms that were implemented in the sub-sector and spearheaded by former Agriculture CS Peter Munya

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