By: MAGDALENE WANJA
Five members of Parliament have asked Cord leader Raila Odinga to stop politicising the Uganda sugar deal.
Speaking during a thanksgiving ceremony for nominated Senator Martha Wangari in Gilgil, Nakuru County, senators Joy Gwendo, Beatrice Elachi, Naisula Lesuuda, Martha Wangari and Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri said the move by President Uhuru Kenyatta to allow cheaper sugar into the Kenyan market was in good faith.
They said that there was an urgent need to cater for the current sugar deficit in the country and by importing sugar from Uganda the government will be promoting bilateral trade with Uganda.
While calling on western Kenya MPs to “read from a different script”, the leaders said that they will support the President in all ways.
Senator Gwendo said that Cord has more governors than Jubilee and should empower them to ensure that sugar from the three companies in western Kenya access the international market.
“The area has three sugar companies, Sony, Muhoroni and Chemelil.
“Cord should use their big number of governors to empower the sugar companies and raise the standards of the farmers,” said Senator Gwendo.
Senator Elachi, on the other hand, said no deal has been signed yet and that it was only a proposal that aims at improving the country’s economy.
“Members of the Opposition do not have any intentions of saving the sector.
“Ugandans said they do not have enough meat and this is a chance for us as members of the pastoral communities to do the business with our neighbouring country,” said Senator Lesuda.
The leaders said that it was important for Cord to play a responsible role in keeping an eye on the government.