Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi has criticized his Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) counterpart Raila Odinga for calling on the Parliament to come up with laws that will bring to an end the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA)'s monopoly.

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Speaking on Saturday at St Thomas Anglican Cathedral in Kerugoya, Kirinyaga County, Mudavadi said Raila should stay away from the KTDA which serves more than 600,000 tea farmers in the country.

The former Vice President insisted that Raila should keep off from the agency so that it does not go the same way like the coffee and sugar sectors which are 'doing very badly'.'

"The former Prime Minister should stop meddling in the affairs of the agency which has ensured the tea sector is stable," said Mudavadi as quoted by Nation.

The ANC boss said the tea sector is currently doing quite well, and that the former Prime Minister only wants to mess up everything thus a need for him to be stopped.

"Mr Odinga wants to mess up the tea sector, the only one currently doing well. Farmers should stand with the KTDA and protect it," he added.

In a recent press conference at Orange house in Nairobi, Odinga told the press that Kenya was risking to lose income from tea which is a top foreign exchange earner for the nation if actions would not be taken.

He had asked Members of Parliament to come up with new laws that will help end the KTDA’s monopoly and also called for the agency to be subjected to a forensic audit.