Mt. Elgon-Kenya: Coffee
Their spokesman Patrick Ngaina told a meeting presided over by Deputy President William Ruto’s wife, Rachel, at Chesikaki on Tuesday that it will cost another sh12 million to construct buildings in which the plant will be installed. Mrs Ruto launched the milling plant’s construction.
Mrs Ruto promised she would relay their request to the deputy president and asked them to patiently wait for his response. “I want you to unite, economically empower our women and get our girls educated..let us eliminate teenage pregnancies and early marriages..these practices are retrogressive” she said.
Ngaina said the coffee farmers resolved to purchase the mill after it downed on them they were losing out to middlemen in the
“Previously, we sold our coffee to Sasini, Thika and other dealers in Central Kenya but we never knew exactly how much it was fetching on the international market…we just got statements from these dealers whose authenticity we have been doubting” Ngaina said during his address to the gathering at Bukonoi CDF offices that included Bungoma governor Kenneth Lusaka and his deputy, Hillary Chongwony.
It emerged that the farmers affiliated to the seven cooperative societies got a sh17.5 million
Nganai appealed to the deputy president to offer the farmers in Mt Elgon region financial support to ensure the project and others promised by President Uhuru Kenyatta during his visit to Bungoma on May 17 were completed successfully.
The head of state indicated during his address at Lusaka’s thanksgiving party that a tea factory would be built in Mt Elgon and the Kapsokwony-Kopsiro-Namwela Chwele road would be tarmacked. Speakers at the meeting demanded that the Chepkube-Cheptais-Sirisia road also be tarmacked to open up the region to regional trade.
Chongwony suggested that the national government opens up a new border post at Chepkube in Cheptais district to link the sub county to eastern Uganda and Southern Sudan.
Also at the meeting were MCAs Ben Kipkut, Jane Chebet, Mt Elgon wsub county administrator Masai Pokose and deputy county commissioner Omar Salat.