Governor Wangamati opposes sugar factories privatisation

The Bungoma Governor, Wycliffe Wangamati has asked the government to drop its plans of privatising sugar factories in Western Kenya regions as a whole but rather consult individual factories and know their challenges.

He has called on the national government to also engage County governments for a long lasting solution that would cushion the sugar cane farmers.

Wangamati, who was speaking in Kisumu on Wednesday when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Nyong’o, decried the plight of farmers who were on the verge of losing livelihoods should the national government make the decision.

We want a long lasting solution that will be viable and profitable to our farmers before any action is taken, Wangamati said.

He said that County governments would not allow factories to be sold at a throw away price when they were able to buy the factories and turn them into profitable firms

Governor Wangamati asked the DP to let the national government involve Bungoma County in the plans to privatise Nzoia Sugar Company.

Ruto had visited Bungoma County where he held a series of events over the weekend in Mt. Elgon region which is suffering frequent terror attacks on locals following insecurity in the region.

The DP said the government was mulling over privatising a number of factories including Nzoia, Mwiwani, Sony, Chemelil and Muhoroni.

Ruto said the decision would cushion farmers as private companies were making money unlike the public entities.

Source: Kenya News Agency