By Gordon Opiyo
FACT 1: Even if ALL the Sugar Factories produce to FULL capacity- Kenya will still have a shortfall of about 280,000 tonnes. This Shortfall MUST be imported. Kenya has been IMPORTING sugar for the past 25 years.
FACT 2: Uganda is Kenya’s largest market for manufactured goods. Kenya exports to Uganda are worth over 70 billion shillings (If you factor in the informal thriving business along the porous borders). On the other hand, Kenya only took goods worth 15 billion from Uganda.
FACT 3:Uganda has excess sugar of about 150,000 tonnes. This is due to good weather and cheap electricity to factories. In other words, Ugandan sugar is cheaper than Kenyan sugar.
Mumias Sugar was plundered and brought to its knees when Raila Odinga was the PM, and DIRECTLY in charge of Agriculture Docket, and DIRECTLY in charge of Kenya Sugar Board that dictates sugar imports between 2008 and 2013.
Before Raila took power as PM, Mumias Sugar was thriving, immediately he took power, and was in charge of appointing people to KSB, Mumias came tumbling down.
These are some basic facts: Now I wonder why the Press wants to magnify some malicious accusations- and refuse to highlight these basic facts… I wonder why?
Disclaimer: The Views Belong To Gordon Opiyo.