The Kenya Tea Development Agency (Holdings) Limited (KTDA) says it welcomes the inquiry by Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) or other constitutionally-mandated institution about operations in the management of the affairs of over 600,000 tea farmers who are industry stakeholders.
In a statement Monday, the agency said it strives to operate in an open environment that provides accountability and transparency.
The remarks come as five senior KTDA managers led by the CEO Mr Lerionka Tiampati, were Monday invited to the DCI offices to shed light on allegations which were circulated by sections of the media and on social media over misappropriation of funds.
Other managers summoned were company secretary Dr John Omanga, head of procurement Mr Brown Kanampiu, head of finance Mr Simeon Rugut and Mr Lincoln Munyao, the head of audit.
“This morning, the five senior members of the KTDA leadership had the opportunity to take DCI officers through KTDA operations, with the view of confirming that the organization operates under, and conforms to, the rule of law. We believe that our interaction today offered the DCI invaluable insights into our operations and will help demystify misconceptions and more particularly the false allegations circulated by sections of the media and on social media,” read the statement.
“We reiterate our commitment to continue working with all stakeholders to enhance the welfare of all tea farmers within the KTDA fraternity.” Added the statement
The investigations on the alleged misuse of funds came about after farmers complained and wanting to know how much have been used to pay for legal fees to some law firms.
Among the law firms alleged to have received millions from the firm include Ngatia & Associates that represented the tea factories managed by KTDA Management Services, G&A Advocates that represented KTDA Holdings and Management Services, Millimo Muthomi and Company Advocates for KTDA Holdings and Iseme Kamau & Maema for representing KTDA Power Company Ltd.