NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 2 – The government has liquidated Kenya Planters Co-operative Union (KPCU), one of the oldest unions in the country, owing to mismanagement.
In an exclusive interview with Capital Business, Trade and Industrialization Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya attributed the move to corruption and negligence.
“Apart from mismanagement and corruption, the Union has also failed to comply with the provisions of the cooperative act on proper management of coffee farmers’ assets, which is why we are liquating it,” Munya said.
KPCU is a wholly owned Farmers institution with 700,000 small scale farmers of tea and coffee.
It represents over 300 Co-operatives and about 2,000 Estate farmers owning small, medium and large-scale farms.
The move comes a month after President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the ministry to restructure the Union saying it does not benefit Kenyan farmers.
Apart from KPCU, Kenyatta also expressed disappointment with the performance Kenya Farmers Association which he also ordered to be restructured.
Kenya Farmers Association on the other hand has both large scale and small-scale farmers.