Twi­light girls in Bomet tar­get tea bonuses

Com­mer­cial sex worker says she ex­pects to reap big as farm­ers’ pay has in­creased

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley - FELIX KIPKEMOI @fkye­gon

Com­mer­cial sex work­ers are troop­ing to Bomet town and other trad­ing cen­tres in the county as tea farm­ers re­ceive their bonuses this week.

The twi­light girls have been seen at Silib­wet, Sotik, Kap­long, Mo­gogosiek and Kap­ko­ros trad­ing cen­tres, where farm­ers col­lect their cash from the Kenya Tea De­vel­op­ment Agency.

A sex worker told the Star she ex­pects to reap big be­cause the farm­ers’ pay has been in­creased.

“Al­though such en­gage­ments are risky, we have no op­tion be­cause we are look­ing for our daily bread,” she said.

Re­gion Five, which com­prises Keri­cho and Bomet coun­ties with seven tea fac­to­ries and an equal num­ber of satel­lite fac­to­ries, will pay farm­ers Sh13 bil­lion. Kap­ko­ros-Tir­gaga, Kapset and Mo­gogosiek fac­to­ries will pay Sh3.73 bil­lion, Sh1.66 bil­lion and Sh2.29 bil­lion re­spec­tively.

The farm­ers are ex­pected to earn an aver­age of Sh30 per kilo of green tea leaves, up from Sh24 last year. Bomet Gov­er­nor Isaac Ruto and county com­mis­sioner Bernard Lepar­marai have urged farm­ers to in­vest their money in gain­ful ven­tures,not leisure.

Lepar­marai said se­cu­rity officers will con­duct fre­quent pa­trols in drink­ing joints. Rutto said the county will en­sure Sot Tea Farm­ers Sacco does not deduct money from its mem­bers to re­pay a Sh600 mil­lion loan at the Co­op­er­a­tive Bank of Kenya.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kenya

© PressReader. All rights reserved.