By Joy Macharia
A section of tea farmers from Kiru tea factory have dismissed the recently held factory elections terming them illegal, shambolic and against the spirit of the rule of law.
The “elections”, held last week at the factory premises saw the board that supports Chege Kirundi retained after those behind the process asked farmers whether those in office should be let continue representing them.
This happened even after hundreds of farmers were locked outside the gate on justification of the Covid-19 regulations.
“I have heard farmers claim that they were locked outside the gate, it is not our fault, it is because of the Covid-19 regulations that discourages meetings,” Chege Kirundi said after the process was over.
But the aggrieved farmers said it was a conspiracy to have majority of them locked out so that the will of the people may be subverted.
“There were over 200 farmers inside, if it was about enforcing the Ministry of Health guidelines on Covid-19, then the over 200 would not have been allowed in the first place, this was a well-orchestrated strategy to have a pro system group transported early while the genuine farmers locked out of the meeting,” farmers claimed.
They also said the election was held in the backdrop of High Court orders against President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Executive orders on directors’ elections.
“We understand very well that KTDA’s elections are conducted under Companies Act and the respective factories’ Articles of Association which did not guide the process, it is a flawed and an illegal process,” John Kamande added.