Gachagua Accuses Media of Fueling Tea and Coffee Sector Disputes

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has voiced his concerns about the media’s role in exacerbating the ongoing dispute between brokers and alleged ‘cartels’ in Kenya’s tea and coffee sector.

During an address at the MCK Church Kaleo in Igembe North, Meru County, he asserted that the media had been compromised, collaborating with powerful ‘cartels’ to the detriment of coffee farmers.

Gachagua refuted claims that he had surrendered to these ‘cartels,’ accusing them of sponsoring newspapers and manipulating opinion polls to undermine his position.

He assured the public that the government is determined to intervene in the conflict-ridden coffee sector, which has long been plagued by disputes between brokers and farmers.

Gachagua Accuses Media of Fueling Tea and Coffee Sector Disputes
Gachagua Accuses Media of Fueling Tea and Coffee Sector Disputes

Furthermore, Gachagua disclosed alleged attempts to influence government decisions on reforms, including an offer of Ksh.30 million to Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi, which was declined.

He emphasized his commitment to the reforms and his refusal to be swayed by vested interests.

The Deputy President revealed ongoing efforts to explore new coffee markets in countries such as Colombia and the United States, aiming to bypass brokers and allow farmers to sell their produce directly to interested buyers.

In addition to his stance on coffee sector reforms, Gachagua pledged to collaborate closely with Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki to combat cattle rustlers who have been a source of terror in Meru County.

He questioned those within the government who are suspected of colluding with coffee brokers and asserted that neither he nor President Ruto would be intimidated in their pursuit of justice and progress.

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Abdul is a journalist by profession having graduated from St.Paul University.

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