By Paul Mwangi
This is a follow up to our statement of last week and the announcement by ODM yesterday on the problems of the sugar sector.
1: ECONOMIC SABOTAGE
Sugar production is vital to the economies of Bungoma, Homa Bay, Kakamega, Busia, Kisumu, Migori, Narok and Kwale. There are 11 sugar factories in Kenya. Allowing the dumping of sugar in Kenya will devastate the economies of a quarter of the Counties of Kenya and a huge section of the rural agricultural population. This is economic sabotage on a grand scale. Grand Economic Sabotage is a crime. It is treasonable.
2: TWO MAFIAS? ONE IN KENYA ANOTHER IN UGANDA
The matter is urgent because of the statistics that Uganda does not produce a sugar surplus to be exported to fill Kenya’s supposed deficit allegedly of 200,000 tonnes. The model we fear is going to be used was last seen in 2008. Back then Hon. Kahinda OTAFIRE a close ally of President Museveni and a former head of Uganda’s intelligence service who is currently Uganda’s Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, got embroiled in a civil suit involving KSh. 50,000,000 (fifty million) worth of sugar that came into Mombasa from Dubai already in packed in Mumias Sugar Factory packets! It was meant to be dumped in the Kenyan market. Mumias Sugar Factory got involved in the case and two years later the sugar consignment was destroyed. We are headed in the same direction! It seems that a Kenyan mafia has conspired with a Ugandan one to profit from corruption that will serve only to impoverish Kenyans.
3: PRESIDENTIAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST
We are told the sugar pact included the trade in milk. It’s a well-known fact that the President’s family is the biggest players in the milk market in East & Central Africa through Brookside Dairies. In Kenya, sharp business practices continue to be used to squeeze other players out of the market. The conflict of interest that emerges from this deal is illegal under Kenyan law and violates the constitution. Does the president fly around signing personal business contracts?
4: DEMAND TO KNOW AND CEASE DEAL
Given the trade deal is tantamount to economic sabotage, we demand it be abrogated. We ask all patriotic Kenyans at the port of Mombasa and other entry points, especially Bulahao in Mandera, Liboi in Lagdera and Galmagala in Fafi to be vigilant and report all cases of large quantities of sugar coming into the country.
We demand the pact be made public. Once again we make it clear that we shall make every constitutional effort to stop the destruction of the livelihoods of almost half our population.
As we continue receiving information on this sour deal, we have agreed to reschedule our consultative forums with farmers in Western Kenya and Nyanza as follows.
We will begin on Friday, August 21st 2015 with a meeting with farmers in Busia in the morning, then proceed to Muhoroni and Chemelil in the afternoon.
We will be at the Sony Sugar grounds in Migori County on the 28th August 2015. We will then proceed to Bungoma in the morning of 29th 2015 then proceed to Kakamega in the afternoon, the same day.
We will continue updating the country on this sour deal as we get more details.