Western Kenya governors call for fresh talks on sale of five sugar companies

By: ANITA CHEPKOECH

Governors from western Kenya want the sale of five sugar companies stopped and negotiations held afresh.

They accused the commission overseeing the sale of Muhoroni, Miwani, Chemelil, Nzoia and Sony Sugar of failing to follow the law.

The county bosses, who are members of the Council of Governors agriculture committee, said the Privatization Commission involved neither them nor the Transition Authority in negotiations.

The governors, Mr Jack Ranguma (Kisumu), Mr Okoth Obado (Migori) and Prof Paul Chepkwony (Kericho), said the rights of local farmers to participate in managing their own affairs and development had been violated.

The governors were accompanied by representatives from Nandi, Homa Bay and Kakamega counties.

“This meeting is pursuant to others with the commission, MPs and our council where we pointed out that the sale of the millers was unconstitutional,” Mr Ranguma said.

“The Council of Governors therefore holds the position that the privatisation and restructuring of millers must be undertaken afresh with the involvement of county governments,” he added.

“We are calling for a review of the privatisation law because the commission is not fit to discharge its functions,” Mr Obado said.

They said it was unfair that despite bearing the burden of maintaining feeder roads to the factories, counties were not allocated any shares.

They said the law on privatisation was inconsistent with county governments.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION