MPs exchange bitter words in sugar debate

By: GIDEON KETER

WHEN is a deal not a deal?

That was thrashed out in Parliament yesterday.

Jubilee and Cord MPs on the Agriculture Committee exchanged harsh words on whether the government signed a deal with Uganda to import sugar.

They are MPs Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills) Simba Arati (Dagorreti North), Victor Munyaka (Machakos Town), Florence Mutua (Busia), Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja) and Francis Munyua (Juja).

The heated confrontation took place as Agriculture acting CS Adan Mohammed reaffirmed there was no written government agreement.

Cord MPs accused deputy vice chairperson Kareke Mbiuki of taking sides with the CS.

Wandayi tabled newspaper cuttings and a document from Uganda Sugar Manufacturers, saying they show Uganda has no surplus to import to Kenya.

The newspaper cuttings triggered an uproar after Mohammed tabled similar documents from USM showing that for the last three years Uganda has had surplus.

“There was a deal and it was not signed by people in your ministry but by other people who want to bring in cheap sugar through corrupt means,” Wandayi said.

Mohammed said Uganda does not need to sign any deal to import sugar.

He said there was no deal between the two countries in exchange of milk and meat products.