KPCU opposes calls for fresh elections

By Nicholas Nduati

The facility will start receiving coffee from the Sagana Coffee Milling Factory by September this year

The Kenya Planters Cooperative Union has hit out at the Ministry of Industrialization for scuffling its efforts to start operations again, weeks after coming out of receivership.

KPCU Managing Director Joseph Kioko says the KPCU board was legally elected into office with its term still on and calls by the industrialization ministry for fresh elections, will only instill fear to investors and cripple its revival.

Speaking while inspecting renovation efforts at KPCU’s largest storage facility at Dandora, the union’s Kioko noted that by September this year, the facility will start receiving coffee from the Sagana Coffee Milling Factory as the union curves its way back into the coffee business.

The managing director said the ministry call for fresh elections,  would negatively impact the union by instilling fear in their investors.

Kioko says the union is currently auditing the debts it owes farmers before it went under receivership, and a huge number of them will be paid next month.

He says that after clearing the farmers’ debts, KPCU, with the help of its investors will work on modalities to create value for farmer’s coffee that will see it gain its foothold in the coffee marketing business.