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Governor wants farmers paid billions

The taskforce on sugar will not release its report till billions of shillings owed to cane farmers are paid.

Kakamega County Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, who is also the chairman of task force, contended that it was meaningless to have contents of the report in public domain when farmers were owed colossal sums of money.

Speaking in Mumias East Constituency, Oparanya expressed concern over lack of any meaningful commercial activity in the area since Mumias Sugar Company became moribund.

He appealed to the national government to work out modalities of reviving Nzoia and Mumias Sugar companies to empower local farmers economically.

Last year, the national government promised to have the debt of over Sh.2 billion owed to cane farmers wired to their individual accounts.

Meanwhile, the county women representative, Elsie Muhanda has called for increased funding to devolved units.

She was speaking Saturday during burial of 108 year old Leah Mulanda, in Malava constituency. The deceased was the mother to former cabinet the late Joshua.

During the ceremony, area MP Malulu Injendi called for unity while former Kakamega senator Bonny Khalwale said that leadership was not meant for people with a specific DNA.

By Bantaleo   Muhindi



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