Two directors of the Thumaita Tea Factory in Kirinyaga County which hit the headlines over a contentious bonus payment scandal resulting in bloody violence, have been re-elected unopposed.
James Bundi Kagai and James Gachoki Njoka whose houses were torched by the irate farmers claiming the two leaders had embezzled their bonus money sailed through at their respective electoral areas without any opposition.
The farmers also during the August/September last year violence also destroyed through fire a section of their factory including unknown number of tons of fire wood fuel meant for the factory operations.
The violence erupted after their factory board declared a Sh41.40 bonus instead of the Sh 49.50 the farmers anticipated.
As the violence escalated for several weeks, the farmers ended up losing about Sh 200 million as picking of the green tea leafs got boycotted during the period.
At the neighboring Kimunye factory, James Githinji Gutu went in unopposed while John Muchiri Ngondi beat his sole opponent with an overwhelming margin.
At Kangaita factory Thomas MwanikiNdambiri went in unopposed while Peter WachiraNdinwa also managed to floor his sole rival.
Gerald Munene Mugo was elected unopposed after his opponent was kicked out of the race on a technicality while Robert Kinyua Karani beat his sole rival just like in Kangaita.
Peter Muchiri Wahome of Ndimaini retained his seat while Mathew Kabui lost to little know Robert Githinji.
Zone Five KTDA Director where the electoral areas fall under Japtha Karua hailed the farmers for conducting the elections peacefully.