By Nyambega Gisesa
Yesterday, I attended a CORD press conference at Capitol Hill. First, the MS fought for space to be near the Mic and Rail a. Then Cord lied to Kenyans quoting a non – existent article in the Daily Monitor of Uganda. I even called the paper and they told me that there was no such op–ed stating Uganda was unable to export sugar to Kenya.
Then they twisted figures of Uganda’s sugar production and consumption. The fact is that Uganda produces over 440,000 tonnes of sugar against consumption of 300,000 tonnes. Most worryingly were the people around Raila.
The likes of Dennis Onyango and Philip Etale no longer pick calls from journalists; neither do they toast story ideas to the media. They are a liability to Baba. Next, Baba wasn’t surrounded by scholars or experts in the sugar sector but greedy politicians who think with their stomachs. They are only concerned with developing their stomach infrastructures and nothing else.
Let us apply common sense here;
For instance, if Mumias sugar goes for around Ksh400/kg and the Uganda sugar goes for Ksh150/kg, and given the hard economic times, which one will benefit the common Mwananchi? After all, even before our sugar milling companies were rendered dysfunctional, Kenya never produced sufficient sugar for local consumption only.
Well, I agree that sugarcane production is the economic mainstay of Western and parts of Nyanza provinces. Nonetheless, we have sugar insufficiency in the country due to dysfunctional companies. Is it therefore not wise to seek some assistance from somewhere to jumpstart the situation as we wait for our companies to get back to their feet?
During the Capitol Hill Press conference, there were also the infamous men in black. For Raila to be president he needs to evaluate the list of people around him. If he doesn’t, I will tell him
what Chinua Achebe said, “A fly that has no one to advice, follows the corpse to the grave”
(Nyambega Gisesa is a senior award winning journalist working with the Standard Group)