We can have a sober debate on this sugar issue.
By Jim Bonnie via Facebook
Ok, the fact is that we have sugar shortage in the country. This is undisputable. Another fact is that this shortage is a result of underproduction by our sugar companies. So,what causes this underproduction?
Well, it is not the lack of raw materials – sugarcane. Our factories operate using obsolete technology that was invented in 1930s. Since then, the world has moved on to more efficient production technologies but our country is still stuck in the past.
Let’s face this folks – with an open mind. You know, only Luhyas and Luos will fight the importation of cheap sugar- but they wont win because it is already happening. Why?
We all know this is the main economic activity in these areas. The rest of Kenyans may not give a damn and we can understand them. Tell me, our locally produced sugar is damn expensive. What pride do we gain in this?
So, many Kenyans with shallow pockets would prefer cheap sugar no matter where it comes from that defend local sugar which is very expensive. Human beings are rational beings. Faced with a choice between expensive local sugar and cheap imported one, guess what will be their choice.
Its like a woman faced with a choice between a handsome man and an ugly idiot. Your guess is as good as mine. But you don’t need to be a beauty therapist to know the answer. Of course the ugly idiot will be left in the cold like bad news. Ask any woman before you twitch your lips omera – hehe mwathani
Sawa. Do you know why local textile industries failed or were made to fail? It is the same old shit. Locally produced clothes were and are still very expensive.
Then came mitumba clothes! Mitimba was the messiah in smart dressing in Kenya. These made everyone dress like kings and queens while spending less. That is why many Kenyans don’t care whether KICOMI is dead or not. Yaani, no one give a f*uck.
That is how interesting it is. A tycoon will put on a 8000/= shirt while hoi polloi will go to gikomba and pick up a 25/= shirt and noticing the difference would not be that easy. My point is, mitumba clothes made everyone feel like valued human beings who with a wardrobes full with little expenditure.
It is the same thing, Kenyans want sugar and they want it cheaply. Period! They don’t want details on whether it is locally produced or otherwise.
This now goes to our leaders especially the yoyo MPs from Nyanza and Western. Have they been genuinely concerned with the affairs of farmers ama ni siasa tu? Ok, all Nyanza and Western MPs have been in power at some point since 2003. Have they ever pushed for the upgrade of the production capacity of sugar factories in Kenya?
When they were in power, did they propose any policy paper on the same? And to Uhuru regime, what plans do they have in ensuring that the locally produced sugar becomes affordable and meets the consumption demand of Kenyans?
Correct me if am wrong.
Please don’t commend here if you are close to your sugar daddy or sugar mummy.