In Summary
  • Mr Wa Iria wants KTDA accounts of the agency made public, claiming that there are already doubts in its reports.
  • Lawyer Njenga said farmers are likely to uproot the tea bushes and thus affect the economy of the country.
  • The judge directed that the respondents to be served with the documents before October 28.

The High Court in Murang’a has ordered the Auditor General to conduct an independent audit on tea earnings, bonuses and the produce supplied to the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) in 2018 and 2019.

Judge Kanyi Kimondo gave the order Monday after Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria sought orders to make public the accounts of the KTDA after what he said is continued reduction of the tea earnings and failure by the agency to make the accounts public.

In the petition, Mr Wa Iria, suing on behalf of Murang’a County government, wants the accounts of the agency made public, claiming that there are already doubts of the reports by KTDA.

SUBSTANTIAL DROP

In the petition the county government states that there has been unexplained substantial drop in tea payments amounting to Sh2.6 billion, which is 36 percent, from Sh11.2 billion in 2018 to Sh8.9 billion this year, informing the decision to seek for an independent audit.

Represented by six lawyers, the county said it would foot the bill for the independent audit since it represents the farmers.

Led by Mr Charles Njenga, the lawyers told the court that the issue is of public interest and that if not looked at, farmers are likely to uproot the tea bushes and thus affect the economy of the country.

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