KTDA looses Sh 600 Million on graft

According to an audit, KTDA officials embezzled KES 600 million from 600,000 tea farmers via dubious deals and inflated purchases.

Recommendations include prosecuting implicated directors and tracing stolen assets.

Tea farmers are reeling from a bombshell audit report revealing a massive Ksh 600 million+ (US$4.8 million) stolen from them by officials at the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA).

This leaked 130-page document presented to President William Ruto paints a grim picture of "well-organised and massive plunder" of farmer cash. 

Cartel top deals at KTDA

  • Ksh 600 million+ vanished through dubious transactions by KTDA officials.
  • Ksh 3 billion in dividends meant for farmers disappeared due to collapsed banks.
  • Lawyers received an overpayment of Ksh 101 million.
  • The KTDA wasted Ksh 542 million on inflated land purchases.

For example, despite a valuation report indicating a market value of Ksh 750,000 per acre, someone purchased a 50-acre plot in Nyandarua for Ksh 39,984,000 (Ksh 800,000 per acre).

This represents an overpayment of Ksh 50,000 per acre, totaling Ksh 2.5 million for the entire purchase.

KTDA paid Ksh 15,515,600 for eight hectares of land in Laikipia/Nyahururu to establish a wood fuel plantation, but a KTDA forest officer's report said the land wasn't suitable for that purpose.

In January 2023, the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) threatened to sue blogger Cyprian Nyakundi for defamation after an expose revealed that the KTDA was losing money through phoney deals done by cartels.

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