The government will carry out a forensic audit of the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) in an escalation of its ongoing action to reform the tea sector. According to the Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya, KTDA receives Ksh. 200 Million every month which is not accounted for in its books.
In addition, the CS said the Attorney General has already appointed inspectors who are currently sifting through the books and documents at the troubled agency to map out the extent of the irregularities and illegalities, and is acting within the law.
KTDA and the ministry of Agriculture have been in disagreement for over two years with the agency moving to court to stop the government from implementing the new regulations on grounds that it was not consulted. However, the Ministry refuted the allegations alluding the reforms are intended to benefit farmers by eliminating middle men who make more money as farmers get poorer.
The reforms at the Tea sector will go a long way in fighting elements of corruption in the sector and boost livelihoods of tea farmers and the economy at large.