Government has disclosed that KHUMO Holdings of Zimbabwe, the previous owners of Kawambwa tea have stripped the company of vital assets.
All the irrigation equipment has allegedly been taken out of the plant by the investor.
Luapula Province Permanent Secretary Boniface Chimbwali says the investor mismanaged the tea fields.
Government has handed over the tea plantation to ZAFFICO, but the investment package to be injected into the company is yet to be determined.
Mr Chimbwali was speaking during a tour of the tea plantation in Kawambwa.
And Chief Munkanta praised government for transferring the running of Kawambwa tea to ZAFFICO.
Chief Munkanta complained that workers at the tea company have been working without pay for the last ten years now.
Kawambwa Tea Company was opened on October 18 1976.
Since then it has changed hands five times and things turned for the worst in 2011 when the last owners Khumo Holdings abandoned the company.