Members of county assembly from Malava constituency in Kakamega county raided the West Kenya Sugar Factory to protest the importation of Brazilian sugar by the factory which is repackaged and put on the market.
Led by the county leader of minority David Ndakwa who is the West Kabras MCA, deputy county speaker Leonard Kasaya, Lazarus Lucheveleli of East Kabras, Kevin Mahelo of Butali/Chegulo and Samson Tali of South Kabras, the members in a more than one hour closed door meeting within the West Kenya Sugar Factory where journalists were not allowed questioned Dejveer Rai led management on the impact of the imported sugar to the pricing per tonne of cane delivered to the factory by local farmers.
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For more than one month, trucks branded metro have been transporting thousands of metric tonnes of sugar that is believed to be lying in a Mombasa godown and millions of gunny bags being printed 24 hours at Raiply Company in Eldoret bearing the names of Menengai and West Kenya sugar companies and shipped to Mombasa where sugar is packed then sent to godowns all over the country.
The leaders argued that this was a huge scandal that was obviously going to jeopardise sugarcane farmers in Western Kenya and South Rift.
The management on its part told the leaders that they had no plans of reducing cane prices long after Agriculture Fisheries and Food Authority which is the body mandated to determine prices sent them a memo on the new prices that were not favouring the farmers.
According to Affa, farmers are supposed to be paid Sh2,800 from the current Sh4,100 per tonne which the management said had been shelved so that the farmer benefits.
About the importation, they said that the government had granted them permission and that was why they were doing it in broad daylight.
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They also said that they were no cane in the area to sustain the company and these has forced them to crush less than 3,000 tonnes against the crushing capacity of 5,000 a day.