Nyandarua County officials ‘in plot to sell factory’
The directors of a vegetable processing plant and politicians have alleged a plot to grab the firm.
The leaders have pointed an accusing finger at a cartel they allege has the backing of county officers.
The group questioned the county government’s rationale to build another processing plant instead of refurbishing the Midland factory located in Njabini area, Kinangop.
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Addressing the press in Kinangop yesterday, the leaders asked Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri to intervene and ensure the company was revived to support farmers.
According to one of the directors, Matheri wa Hungu, the company was owned by 12,000 small-scale farmers who had invested their livelihoods in the plant.
He said the Registrar of Companies had yet to register the directors elected by the farmers last year.
“Some powerful individuals who have realised the potential of Midland have schemed to grab it from farmers with the support of senior county officials,” he said.
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Mr Hungu alleged there were plans to ensure that the factory was transferred to a shadowy company in the West Indies in which the cartel had an interest.
Former Nyandarua deputy governor Waithaka Mwangi Kirika said the plant had the capacity to employ over 1,000 people and store 18,000 tonnes of potatoes.
Mr Kirika noted that the company was fully owned by local farmers, who had invested millions of shillings but had yet to profit from the venture.
County Woman Rep Faith Gitau said the plant was the “only hope for vegetable farmers in the region”.
“The biggest challenge that farmers in Nyandarua face is storage for their produce. It’s time Midland was refurbished by the county and national government,” she said.
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Nyandarua countyMwangi Kiunjurivegetable processing plant