Is The Government Playing ‘Sugary Politics’? Mumias Sugar Ready to Pay Farmers after Uhuru-Museveni Deal

Barely 2 days after President Kenyatta and his Uganda counterpart Yoweri Museveni signed what the opposition has described as a sour pact; ailing Mumias Sugar Company has now released Sh270m to pay farmers.

Mumias Sugar, whose days on earth are literally numbered, released the funds to pay poor farmers whose accounts have been verified and validated.

The money is part of the Sh1 billion bailout given by the Government, which the management promised to use Sh500 million to settle debts owed to farmers.

Cane Farmers, living in abject poverty have been camping at the company awaiting payment after the Government offered a bailout package to the once leading sugar miller in the region.

A few days ago, President Uhuru Kenyatta was in Uganda and signed a bilateral agreement with President Museveni, a move that seem to have ruffled feathers of Kenyans countrywide.

While the president maintains that the sugary deal is clean and aims at benefiting Kenyans, CORD leader Raila Odinga has questioned the intended beneficiaries of the now sour pact.

Earlier, the debate surrounding the deal was mired with confusion after Foreign Affairs CS Amb. Amina Mohamed said there was no pact, contradicting President Kenyatta who strongly defended the deal, which his critics link to regional politics.

Already, Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya from the sugar zone and home to Kenya’s crippled miller 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.

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