The Kakamega Governor, Wycliffe Oparanya has appointed a caretaker committee to chart a plan of revival of Mumias Sugar Company.
This comes after the county government took over the miller through a resolution from the cane farmers last Saturday.
The 13-member committee appointed on Wednesday after the governor had inspected the factory to gauge the status of machinery, has two weeks to present the report to him.
It consists of five county officials, four area Members of County Assembly, area Deputy County Commissioner, Sub County Police Commander, workers’ union representative and a member of the company management.
Oparanya had invited the Board of Directors but they snubbed the meeting, saying the Board had failed as the miller stopped crushing cane about a year ago.
He said he decided to take over the factory after the Board invited bids for leasing the company’s assets, including the nucleus estate, the water bottling plant, the guest houses and the schools.
The factory workers complained that they had not been paid salaries for the last two and half years while the remittance for medical and insurance covers were stopped and appealed to the county government to come to their aid.
By Sammy Mwibanda