209 smallholder tea farmers have been cleared to vie for directorship positions in tea factories managed by the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) management services across the country. The elections, which will be held in 109 electoral areas, will be held next month in line with the tea factory companies’ articles of association and company law.
The 209 were settled upon following a rigorous process where interested applicants were vetted through a laid-down criterion, which includes an inbuilt appeal and dispute resolution mechanism.
54 tea factory companies, which are managed by KTDA MS, had on 30th of September this year submitted applications for pre-qualification for candidature to participate in nomination/election of directors for their respective tea factory companies.
Elections in these tea factory companies take place every year on a rotational basis; with a third of all factory directors are up for re-election this year.
The annual elections enable smallholder tea farmers, who are the shareholders of the tea factory companies, to elect representatives to the factory boards to oversee the prudent management of factories.