- Wa Iria said all his concerns in the petition have been addressed by the Head of State.
- The governor said he will reciprocate by directing his lawyers to withdraw the suit.
- Governor Wa Iria had sought an independent audit of KTDA accounts.
Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria has announced that he will be withdrawing a suit he has filed against the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA).
This follows President Uhuru Kenyatta’s intervention in an announcement on Tuesday during his State of the Nation Address in Mombasa.
Mr Wa Iria said all his concerns in the petition have been addressed by the Head of State.
The governor, who spoke shortly after the President’s address to the nation, said that since the concerns that made him file the petition at the High Court have been addressed, he will reciprocate by directing his lawyers to withdraw the suit.
“My petition sought to address all the issues that have been discussed and addressed by the Head of State over the continued decline in tea prices and, since he has given directions to the Ministry of Agriculture and cited the conflict of interest, I wish to announce that I have directed my lawyers to withdraw the petition,” he told journalists.
The petition, filed on October 7, 2019 by the Murang’a County government, states that there has been an unexplained substantial drop in tea payments amounting to Sh2.6 billion – which is 36 per cent – from Sh11.2 billion in 2018 to Sh8.9 billion in 2019.