Tea officials sentenced 7 months after leadership interference

Six senior KTDA officers jailed for disobeying court orders

Directors of the Kenya Tea Development Authority risked punishment after allegedly interfering with the leadership and management of the 8000 members Kiru Tea Factory in Murang’a county.

Well six senior officials from the agency have been sentenced to seven months in prison following disobedience of court orders.

They are Kennedy Omanga, Francis Macharia, Peter Kinyua, Eston Gakunga Gikore, Lerionka Tiamapati, Stephen Maina Githiga.

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This came despite the six having filed an urgent application before the Supreme Court to stay their sentencing.

On Thursday though, a three-judge bench comprising of William Ouko, Fatuma Sichale and John Otieno Odek ordered that they pay a fine of Ksh.400,000 or serve the seven months in jail.

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The six had been found guilty of contempt of court after they were accused of proceeding with an election at the Kiiru Tea Factory which had been stopped.

They are accused of orchestrating the removal of KTDA chairman Geoffrey Kirundi and company secretary Bernard Kiragu on November 27, 2017, against express court orders that barred them pending completion of a leadership wrangles court suit.

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