Nzoia sugar farmers demonstrate over delayed payment

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Nzoia Sugar Company farmers demos
Nzoia Sugar Company farmers demos

Farmers who deliver their cane to Nzoia Sugar Company were caught up in a cat and mouse chase with police after demonstrating towards the company premises demanding an audience with the company’s managing director over delayed payment.

The farmers said that many of them have not been paid since 2019 when they delivered their cane saying it has been tough for them to make ends meet due to the tough economic situation.

They disclosed that they had faith with the managing director Wanjala Makokha after he took tenure of the office but have been left disappointed after he failed to fulfill his promise as they continue to languish in poverty.

Jack Munialo who is one of the farmers said the company owes them 700 million and workers are demanding 2 billion saying despite the sales the company is not making any progress.

He added that they will not relent until they are paid their dues saying Agriculture CS Peter Munya had directed that any farmer who delivers their cane has to be paid within seven days at the revised price.

Efforts to reach the company director Wanjala Makokha were futile as he could not show up to address the irate farmers.