BY GODFREY WAMALWA
The management of Nzoia Sugar Company has reacted angrily over claims by Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya that the kshs300million the government provided towards farmers payments was a drop in the ocean.
Chairman of the company’s board of directors Joash Wamang’oli told the governor to keep off the government parastatal and Bungoma county affairs.
‘’I want to take this opportunity to tell my brother Oparanya not to trot his nose in Bungoma affairs and concentrate on serving the people of Kakamega and address the issue of Mumia’s sugar company which collapsed while he was in leadership.
Wamang’oli said the kshs300milion the national government availed last month had been paid in full to 6,600 out grower farmers who delivered the crop to the factory in the previous 3months.
He said the factory had been closed down due to lack of sugarcane had resumed milling after some of the crop in the out growers zone matured.
The company boss added that they were also waiting for an additional kshs300milion to be spend on factory repairs so as to be able to cope up with production when the sugarcane in both out growers and nucleus estate matures.
He said ‘’we are not going to shut down the factory for the maintenance but we shall be repairing it from one section to another as we continue milling’’.
Wamangoli also hit out at Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi over allegations that the kshs300milion had been diverted to jubilee campaigns.
‘’This is my own son from Bakimweyi clan and I don’t know what he is up to. I don’t know if he is campaigning for my sacking. I am asking him to respect me because he knows what I am capable of doing’’ he threatened.
Wamunyinyi further accused the company management of harvesting pre-mature sugarcane at the expense of farmers as it was weighing below the expected tonnage.
By the time of filling this report sugarcane farmers contracted to Mumias sugar company were demonstrating to protest against delayed payments amounting to kshs900million for sugarcane deliveries for the past 24 months.
Managing director Nahashon Aseka confirmed receiving Kshs500million from the national government to help reduce the arrears. The amounts bring to a total of kshs3.1billion the government has so far pumped into the ailing miller.