By Josaya Mutugi
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya has defended President Uhuru Kenyatta over the reconstitution of Parliament’s leadership amid claims of dictatorial and authoritarian leadership.
The CS said the clique of leaders who were ousted from the respective positions had failed to perform their duties and responsibilities and had sabotaged the performance of the executive and had to be recalled.
Speaking in Kirinyaga County when he joined Governor Ann Waiguru in a meeting with coffee farmers to discuss coffee reforms, Mr Munya refuted claims that President Kenyatta was ruling the country in a dictatorial manner maintaining he is serving the interest of Kenyans.
“Kenya is not becoming a dictatorial state I’m a lawyer, the government is serving the interest of the people and that’s why it is government of the people by the people and for the people. Government may fail to serve its people in two ways, when those elected leaders dissent and start sabotaging the Executive and forgetting the interest of their electorates, and that’s why our President cracked the whip,” he said.
He dismissed the opposition by the victims saying they are only feeling bad since they have lost income, allowances and benefits that come a long their positions retorting to use ethnic cards to scare the President.
“They are feeling bad to lose the income and the advantages that came along with their seats that’s why some of them have retorted to use their ethnic background to challenge the President but even when they were given the positions they were never asked their ethnic backgrounds,” he said.
Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki after his ouster called on the President to reward the people of his home county with a lucrative government position.
During the event in Kirinyaga, Mr Munya said eight counties will benefit with Sh1.5 billion for the Coffee Revitalization Programme which will be implemented in two phases.
The eight counties are Machakos, Murang’a, Meru, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Embu, Kiambu and Tharaka Nithi that account for 70% of the national coffee production and have the potential of ensuring quick wins through productivity increase.
He said phase two of the project, which is targeted to begin in September this year, will expand to other coffee growing areas.
The programme components include; increasing coffee production and productivity, improving cooperative societies, supporting research and development, technology dissemination, supporting development of alternative coffee markets and project coordination.
“The project will also focus on increasing production and productivity (fertilizer subsidies, seed propagation/distribution of coffee planting materials), Enhancing efficiency of the primary coffee processing infrastructure and quality of coffee(automation of cooperatives processes, modernization of equipment,” the CS said.
On her part Ms Waiguru said her administration has been having several interventions to link farmers to direct markets as well as improving the efficiency of farmers cooperatives.
She said her administration has also been promoting the establishment of coffee nurseries and enhancing the accessibility of affordable inputs.
“We have interventions which we believe with the national government’s support the farmers will access direct market and enhanced good prices for their produce,
We have been building extension services providers to increase production, improving the efficiency of farmers cooperatives, enhancing accessibility of affordable inputs and promoting established of coffee nurseries,” she said.