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EACC asked to investigate KTDA directors

31 October 2014, 19:00 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - The anti-graft body has been asked to investigate some directors in the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) over alleged corruption malpractices and other issues raised by tea farmers following low incomes in the last crop season.

A former tea director and a major large scale farmer, Esau Kioni said KTDA needs good governance since some directors are corrupt.

He said the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) should not dismiss complaints raised by farmers and political leaders regarding management of KTDA.

“Some directors have monopolistic companies of transporting tea while others are tea brokers and that is being unfaithful to farmers,” claimed the close ally of retired President Mwai Kibaki.

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Speaking at his farm in Kagere area, Othaya Nyeri County, Kioni said KTDA was a renowned company worldwide because of its long term high-quality managements.

He, however, expressed fear that the reputation will fade out if the brewing row by farmers and politicians against the agency continues.

He further said it was not a prudent move to dissolve the agency as some politicians mostly from Western, Eastern and Rift Valley have been opining.

“Though there could be a problem in management of KTDA, dissolution is not the best reasoning,” said Kioni.

In Nyeri region, tea farmers received less than KES.25 per kilogram as mini-payment of tea delivered.

KTDA said the low income was due to surplus production and political instability in countries which area major tea markets.

Tea farmers have also been complaining over lack of subsidized farm inputs and high taxes and levies imposed on the crop.

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