Mudavadi faults Kenya, Uganda sugar deal

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ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi
ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi

Leaders from Western Kenya are still faulting the agreement between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Uganda President Yoweri Museveni to increase the quota of sugar imports to Kenya from the neighbouring country. During Museveni’s state visit last week, it was agreed that he imports would be increased from 36,000 tonnes to 90,000 tonnes. Speaking at a funeral in Ikolomani, ANC Party leader Musalia Mudavadi faulted the move, saying it may have detrimental effects to the sugar sector.

He said the government should be accountable and reveal the reason behind the decision, “You are the one who should tell us why the Jubilee government has increased the quota of sugar from Uganda to Kenya,” he said. On his part, COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli said the sugar woes in Western Kenya can be solved by the leaders from the region, who can set up a team to address the issues, “And we can empoer Fovernors, Governors can do that job o organize a paratsatal from South Nyanza to Bungoma to Busia to take care of cane, to get experts from Mauritius, to asist us to learn to revive the sugar industry,” he said. Complaints have also bene raised by leaders concerning the resumption of poulty imporation, with many seeig it as a factor that will lead to suppression of the local farming sector.