NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 25 – Cane farmers want the National Treasury to come clear on the status of their land under the nucleus at Mumias Sugar Company following recent developments in which the Kenya Commercial Bank appointed a receiver manager.
The concern was presented in the House by Majority Chief Whip Benjamin Washiali, who is also the area MP.
Washiali who has been spearheading efforts to revive the cash-strapped giant sugar miller said the cane farmers want government assurance that they will not lose over 10610.7 acres (4,294.8 hectares) of land which they had leased to the company for growing sugarcane.
“Honourable Speaker, on July 4, 2019, I rose in my place ask the Cabinet Secretary in-charge of Agriculture on the ownership of nucleus land that is purportedly owned by Mumias Sugar.”
“Honourable Speaker, if you were following yesterday’s news you would be told that the Kenya Commercial Bank has now put Mumias under receivership, I am wondering then what would happen then because according to the land owners of Mumias where I am the MP, we know that the land that Mumias was farming on was land that was leased from the farm owners,” the Mumias East MP stated.
Kakamega County Governor Wycliffe Oparanya who co-chaired a task-force on reviving the miller said his administration will also put a caveat on all Mumias Sugar Company land transactions to protect the assets that the board wanted to lease to raise revenue for running the company.