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Farmers demand prosecution of KFA directors

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By | May 4th 2012

By James Munyeki

Farmers in Nyandarua want the Government to prosecute directors of Kenya Farmers Association (FKA) for failing to pay dues to retrenched workers.

The workers, who have been waiting for their benefits for about 10 years, urged the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Keriako Tobiko to take up the matter since the directors had violated their rights.

Ms Jane Cherutich from Mchongoi in Baringo County said they were retrenched in 2002 but were not paid their terminal dues. She claimed FKA promised to contact them to collect their money later but this has never been done.

selling its assests

The workers were reacting to revelation by an FKA director Kipkorir Menjo who was quoted in the Press on Wednesday saying the company was selling its non-core assets to clear a Sh478 million debt owed National Bank of Kenya.

It was reliably learnt that even the workers who remained had not been paid salaries for the past four years.

Speaking to KFA members at a meeting in Sotik, Menjo said the company would be back on its feet soon and would offer farm inputs to farmers at affordable rates.

The former workers said they feared losing their dues "considering that the directors are alleged to be in office illegally and that disposing of the association’s assets could be an illegal activity."

The workers are the second group to dismiss the directors as untrustworthy. South Rift region, led by KFA shareholders secretary Fredrick Tonui, accused the management of lack of transparency in their dealings.

Tonui said even though elections of directors should be held after every three years, this has not happened for the last 13 years.

"The directors are in office illegally that is why KFA has not been responsive to farmers’ needs," Tonui told The Standard.

He blamed the association for not releasing audited financial reports to farmers as required by law.

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