, KISUMU, Kenya, Dec 3 – Sugarcane farmers in Kisumu County now want the county government to be fully consulted in the process of privatization of the cane factories by the national government.
The farmers said the national government should embrace devolution adding that agricultural sector had been devolved.
Led by Samuel Bonyo, Chemelil Outgrowers Company chairman, the farmers want the process of privatization stopped until farmers concerns are listened to.
Bonyo said the privatization commission should not side step the county governments if they want the process to be successful.
Speaking to the press in Kisumu, Bonyo said when the privatization commission went round seeking farmers’ views; they raised several issues including the role of governors in the process.
He said they support the governors’ stand from the sugarcane growing zones that they want the process halted until the commission incorporates the governors.
Bonyo said the investors interested in taking over the factories will work under the county governments and wondered how that will happen without the involvement of the county governors.