President William Ruto on Sunday, January 15 gave Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua fresh orders to expeditiously resolve the crisis in the coffee, tea and milk sectors.
Speaking during a thanksgiving service in Bomet County, Ruto directed Gachagua to proceed with the task without fear.
“That responsibility of tackling brokers and cartels in these sectors will be handled by my deputy,
I know he will deliver because he has a soft spot for the downtrodden and will ensure the job is done,
Ruto sought to clarify reports that the appointment of Gachagua was a plot to fix him.
"There are those spreading propaganda that I have assigned him in that role in order to fix him to fail,
If my Deputy President fails, where will I be? Won’t that mean that I have also failed? he paused.
"Those opposed to the roles I have assigned him know that he will deliver,
Move with speed and rid off those cartels and brokers,” he affirmed.
Deputy President Gachagua had earlier asked the President to leave the transformation of the sectors to him as he was ready to deliver.
In his continued onslaught on ‘cartels,’ Gachagua revealed that it was just a matter of time before they started scampering.
“I have asked for a meeting with KTDA directors to have a sit-down and find a solution on how to stop the exploitation of tea farmers by cartels,
Your excellency those cartels in the coffee, tea and milk sectors by mid of this year if you hear them complaining assume them,
You know you have a big heart with a lot of sympathy, they have traumatized our farmers, he opined.
"Please look the other side when you see me dealing with them as you have assigned me to streamline the sector,
These cartels have a lot of money while farmers remain poor,” he added.
On January 9, in Executive Order No. 1 of 2023, Ruto appointed Gachagua to be in charge of the coffee sector reforms in the country.
"This Order assigns functions and institutions among Ministries and State Departments as hereunder; and supersedes Executive Order No. 1 of 2022 issued on October 12, 2022.
Gachagua has been a champion for the revamping of the coffee and tea sub-sectors. In December 2022, he vowed to deal with cartels frustrating farmers in the sector.