The sugar deal signed by President Kenyatta and his Uganda counterpart Yoweri Museveni is still causing jitters among leaders.
A day after CORD leader Raila Odinga criticized the deal, asking who it will benefit, Kakamega governor Wycliffe OPARANYA seem to read from the same script.
OPARANYA, from the sugar zone and home to Kenya’s ailing miller, Mumias Sugar has denounced the deal saying it undermines the local market.
Oparanya has instead asked leaders from Western Kenya, and those of goodwill to join hands in saying NO to the bilateral trade.
“As Governors from sugarcane planting regions plan to engage the President on this matter, I call upon Hon. MPs from Western and across Kenya to move with speed to have this trade discussed on the Floor of the House and see to it that it does not materialize, for the sake of the poor farmer,” read part of a statement from the governor.
Oparanya’s entry into the debate comes amid controversy of the nature of the deal after Foreign Affairs CS Amb. Amina Mohamed said there was no pact, contradicting President Kenyatta who strongly defended the Sugar deal saying it was for the good of Kenyans.