Coffee, tea, and milk are all industries that have been exploited by cartels, and President Ruto has given the Deputy President explicit orders to combat this.
President William Ruto issued directives to the Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua to tackle the situation in the coffee, tea, and milk industries. At a Thanksgiving ceremony in Bomet County, Ruto spoke highly of Gachagua, praising his leadership and expressing faith in his abilities to crack down on industry brokers and cartels.
Gachagua’s appointment was met with criticism, and thus Ruto tried to alleviate those concerns by saying, “those opposed to the tasks I have given him know that he will deliver.” He pressed for immediate action from Gachagua to eliminate corrupt players in the sectors.
Gachagua, an outspoken supporter of the revitalization of the coffee and tea industries, had requested President Ruto’s confidence in his ability to lead the industry’s change. He said that he will be meeting with the Kenya Tea Development Agency’s (KTDA) board of directors to discuss the issue of tea farmer exploitation by cartels.
Gachagua, in his speech, recognized the difficulties farmers confront and promised to do something about it. According to him, “these cartels have a lot of money but farmers stay destitute.”
With the issuance of Executive Order No. 1 of 2023 on January 9th, Ruto put Gachagua in charge of reforming the coffee industry. Assignments of responsibilities and authorities between Ministries and State Departments are revised and updated from Executive Order No. 1 of 2022, published on October 12, 2022. When it comes to the cartels that have been causing farmers so much trouble, Gachagua has already promised to take action.