The Central Regional Commissioner(CRC), Wilson Njega has instructed coffee societies to engage security personnel to guard against coffee theft in the region.
Njega was speaking at Ngomongo in Kirinyaga County on Tuesday said the management of coffee societies will be held responsible if any theft occurred in the society.
This is why I have instructed that you liaise with the police and make sure the coffee is guarded and safe, we cannot allow some people to take away the hard earned sweat of the farmers, he said
He said they were also working to arrest those behind coffee theft including millers in the region who may be working behind the scene.
Njega made the remarks at Ngomongo slums where he led the destruction of 4500 litres of illicit liquor. He said the government will not standby as coffee farmers continue to lose their hard earned money through such thefts of their crop.
We are concerned about the rampant thefts of coffee beans in the region and this time round am assuring the farmers the cartels involved in the theft syndicate will soon be dismantled, he said
Njega said similar thefts were also reported in some parts of Nyeri and Murang’a Counties and told those involved in the vice to start counting their days.
Demand for parchment coffee is high due to scarcity of the produce. The just started picking season is expected to reach climax next month.
On the fight against illicit brew, Njega said the crackdown on illicit brews and hard drugs has been intensified. He said chiefs and sub chiefs who will be unable get rid of the brew must pave way for others who can be effective in their service delivery.
We no longer want to come in this area to discuss about the illicit brew but how we can develop this area through the government provided funding.
Source: Kenya News Agency