The Opposition (PNP) is disputing a claim by Vice Chairman of the Wallenford and Mavis Bank Coffee Companies, Mark McIntosh, that two weeks ago he was threatened and attacked by disgruntled farmers at the premises.
Mr. McIntosh had told our news center that disgruntled coffee farmers threatened to harm him and destroy the property of the coffee company.
On September 21, Vice Chairman of the Wallenford and Mavis Bank Coffee Companies, Mark McIntosh, told our news centre he was attacked by angry farmers who had locked the gates to the company.
A shaken Mr. McIntosh says a protester also grabbed him and others threatened to ‘chop him up’ and slash the tires of his motor vehicle. He says protestors threatened to kill him, hurt the staff and set fire to the property.
He says this happened after no amicable discussions were held with the farmers about compensation for their coffee. He says out of fear, it was decided that payments would be made to the angriest protesters.
But speaking at a media conference yesterday, PNP caretaker for East Rural St Andrew, Joan Gordon Webley, challenged Mr. McIntosh’s version of events.
According to Mrs. Gordon Webley, the coffee companies had promised in writing to purchase last year’s crop for $6,000 not the $4,000 per box they had already received. She says Mr. McIntosh spoke with the farmers who rejected the company’s offer of $884 per box.
She says after speaking with the farmers Mr. McIntosh left unharmed and without threats.