In Summary
  • Speaker Joshua Kiptoo asked the county government to implement measures which will create more new jobs while protecting existing ones.
  • The MCAs wondered why tea companies were embracing the new technology yet experts have warned that the machines have side effects and have even been banned in other countries.

Nandi County Assembly has moved to protect the welfare of workers in multinational tea companies who risk being rendered jobless following the introduction of tea plucking machines.

The tea companies have opted for the plucking machines to cut down on high operational costs.

But to protect the workers, the assembly has passed a motion seeking to introduce new levies aimed at restricting the sacking of workers in large scale tea plantations. The decision to restrict use of tea picking machine was endorsed by the assembly on Tuesday.

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The motion was moved by the Kapchorwa Ward Rep John Kebenei and his Kabwareng’ counterpart Jackson Swadi.

“The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) and the Ministry of Health should investigate complaints from workers over the introduction of tea plucking machines,” said Mr Kebenei, adding that the companies were not paying revenues to the county.

Nandi County Assembly Speaker Joshua Kiptoo asked the county government to implement measures which will create more new jobs while protecting existing ones.

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