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Sunday, 3 May 2015

Man Guv Ruto axed picked tea boss

The elections of director for Cheptalal electoral tea zone that failed to take place early this year were held recently where a former director Samson Mosonik was elected as the new zonal director.
Menjo defeated former Mogogosiek Tea Factory board of directors chairman Geoffrey Langat during elections where a group alienated to Menjo claimed  Langat had blessings from external forces.
The elections failed to take off after the court stopped the exercise following claims by one of the aspirants, Richard Langat, that the selection process was unfair and flawed.
Mosonik polled 28,361 votes against Langat who scored 18,784 to represent Cheptalal zone. Mosonik had served earlier as the director for two consecutive terms before he was replaced by Langat.
There were claims of the bribery and confusion during the polls with supporters of Mosonik accusing their opponents of trying to rig the elections. But returning officer, Gitobu Murithi, dismissed the allegations saying the elections  were free and fair.
“The election that has been completed was free and fair. There was no ugly incident reported during the voting exercise. We respect the verdict of the voters and their democratic right to pick the person of their choice,” said Murithi.
Mosonik who is the former board of directors chairman at the factory pledged to work tirelessly to improve tea industry since he understands the system well.
“I understand the system and therefore I will not rest until we make a difference in the sector. We all know the tea bonus last year was the lowest ever and we need to reverse this at all costs for the sake of the suffering farmer,” Mosonik added.
Menjo who was working for Bomet county government was supported by small scale farmers after Governor Isaac Ruto relieved him of his duties.