Kiraitu defends move on KTDA

Energy Minister Kiraitu Murungi has strongly defended the government’s plan of converting Kenya Tea Development Agency into a government parastatal. The South Imenti MP says the tea industry has not been able to benefit from the government’s funding despite the fact that it has various financial predicaments, because it is managed as a private company. The minister said as much as the government may wish, it cannot bail out the tea farmers from several of their monetary hiccups as it did with coffee, sugar and maize farmers because Kenya Tea Development Agency is a private entity.

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