Wambugu Nyamu, Nyeri politician who defeated KTDA cartels, won for tea farmers.

A Nyeri politician, Wambugu Nyamu, a former don and entrepreneur has been vocal about the plight of coffee and tea farmers in the recent years,advocating for liberalization of the cash crops. 

Last year, the politician who unsuccessfully contested for the senate seat in 2017, partnered with like minds including former PS Irungu Nyakera amongst others to take on the corrupt KTDA cartel in court,a cartel that was notorious for oppressing tea farmers over years. 
They did this under the umbrella of DP(Democratic Party). 
The judge instructed them to pursue the matter in the Commercial court which they did. The case has been ongoing with various interlocutory orders made in favor of the farmers. 
In the year 2019, they also wrote to DCI and to DPP asking them to conduct investigations on KTDA's fraudelent operations. 
Later in the year, the Office of the President made a call to Nyamu informing him that President Uhuru was working on the case. 
During the call, Nyamu made his proposals on how best he thought the tea sector could be reformed in order to give tea farmers better income and livelihood. 

Finally, the efforts bore fruit when this week, on April 16th, 2020,Agriculture CS Peter Munya released new regulations that were to guide how the tea sector operates moving forward ensuring that farmers receive more money. 
The regulations will also seek to operationalize a stabilization fund to cushion farmers from price volatility, to find ways to improve value addition of Kenyan tea, oversee how Kenyan tea is marketed, among other possibilities.

In a Facebook post, Nyamu noted, "Today was one of those days we have been dreaming of, from when we started advocating for changes at KTDA in the interest of tea farmers who have increasingly seen their fortunes dwindle in the hands of some KTDA directors and cartels." He also indicated that KTDA's bosses had unsuccessfully sought audience with CS Munya in a bid to manipulate the outcome. 

Nyamu thanked CS Hon Peter Munya and the Competition Authority of Kenya for following through with President Uhuru Kenyatta's directives. 

The politician, who is also a staunch believer of God, 'Mwene Nyaga', credited the success of the advocacy to the Almighty. 


Below is a summary of the draft regulations ; 

1. All teas produced in Kenya for the export market shall be sold exclusively through the auction process. Henceforth, sale by private treat commonly known as Direct Sales Overseas is outlawed (CARTELS AT EATTA HAVE THRIVED HERE);

2. All registered tea auction organizers shall establish an electronic trading platform for tea auction. This will create an audit trail and remove the opaqueness in the current trades. (EATTA WAS 2 YEARS AGO DIRECTED TO DIGITIZE AND TO DATE THEY HAVE REFUSED);

3. All tea buyers shall pay in full for all teas they win at the auction before they take custody and lift the tea for export (BUYERS HAVE BEEN COLLUDING WITH KTDA TO TAKE FARMERS TEA ON CREDIT AND NOT PAY);

4. A registered tea broker shall offer brokerage services to a maximum of fifteen (15) factories. (CERTAIN BROKERS OWNED BY DIRECTORS OFFER SEEVICES TO ALL FACTORIES AND MONOPOLIZE AUCTION, THEREBY DISENFRANCHISING THE FARMERS);

5. All monies from the sale of tea at the auction shall be remitted directly to Factory Accounts within fourteen (14) days from the auction date (KTDA COLLECTS FARMERS MONIES, PUTS IT IN POOL ACCOUNT, AND DEPOSITS IT WITH BANKS FOR INTEREST - LEADING TO CHASE AND IMPERIAL BANK FACTORY LOSSES OF 4.6BN. THIS PRACTICE IS ABOUT TO END);

6. Factories shall within thirty (30) days from receipt of proceeds from sale of tea pay tea growers at least 50% of payment for green leaf delivered every month (THIS IS JUST PERFECT! FARMERS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BORROW THEIR OWN MONEY FROM GREENLAND FEDHA);

7. The balance due to tea growers shall be paid by the factories within the financial or calendar year as shall be agreed with the farmers (THIS IS WHAT WE WILL NOW BE CALLING BONUS)

8. Any management agency agreement between KTDA and a factory shall be for a tenure not exceeding 5 years. The remuneration for any management service shall not exceed two percent 2% of the value of tea sold per year (CURRENTLY IT IS AT 2.5% THOUGH THIS SHOULD EVEN BE AT 1%);

9. Company secretary services shall be excluded from the services offered by management service providers and each Factory shall either recruit in-house company secretaries or outsource the service (THIS HAS BEEN THE UMBILICAL CORD THAT KTDA HAS USED TO CONTROL FACTORIES. THE COMPANY SECRETARY FOR KTDA HAS BEEN ALL POWERFUL AND HAS BEEN OVERSEEING 66 FACTORIES, MAKING HIMSELF THE LAW. THIS SHALL COME TO AN END); 




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