Joy for governors as court suspends coffee regulations

The High Court has suspended the recently gazetted Coffee regulations, dealing a blow to the Coffee Task force Report, meant to kick start reforms in the Coffee industry.

The move comes after governors through the Council of Governors (CoG) filed an application in court, to challenge the regulations.

Through their lawyer Peter Wanyama, CoG challenged a Gazette Notice that establishes coffee rules under the Crops Act and asked the court to annul it.

Governors argue that the national government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, passed the regulations without considering public participation.

The county bosses argue that Agriculture is a fully devolved function under the constitution and that they (governors) have to be consulted on any matter relating to the sector.

According to CoG, the National government’s role in the Constitution is strictly limited to policy while implementation of these policies and other agricultural function are a preserve of the County governments.

This is the second time that efforts by the government to address challenges facing coffee farmer’s is suffering a setback after a lobby group, disowned recommendations of the task force appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta, in June, saying their views were altered to meet interests of the cartels.

National Farmers Federation (NFF) claimed that 80 per cent of their views were changed in unfamiliar circumstances in relation to the Coffee sector and threatened to move to court to annul the report.

The implementation of the task force report is expected to begin the next few weeks.

The 19-member coffee revival taskforce formed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to investigate factors affecting coffee farmers and the entire coffee sector has started its work.

It was chaired by Agriculture Principal Secretary Richard Leresian and Joseph Kieya, the acting Programmes Coordinator at Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (Kippra).


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