Transport activities were paralyzed at Bukembe market and along Bukembe -Nzoia road after farmers and workers of the unstable Nzoia Sugar Company held a joint peaceful demonstration to bar suspended MD Wanjala Makokha from accessing the company.
Led by the workers secretary Ben Wanyonyi the residents lamented over a court order that had been granted to the suspended MD to get back in office despite having been given three months off to pave way for further investigation saying they will not allow him to access the company premises.
He said the suspended MD is facing an array of allegations leveled against him that include sale of scrap metal at a throw away price, sale of company trees, and selling of sugarcane to a rival private company saying it is unfortunate that he still insists on wanting to come back.
“We will not relent on fighting for our rights, the company owes us a lot of money and we cannot allow anyone to come and make our lives miserable since we depend on this company for our livelihood”he said
His sentiments were echoed by Christopher Kongáni who said as cane transporters they will not accept reinstatement of the suspended Md in office saying all he has done is to sink the company.
Bungoma activist Zack Barasa who joined in the demos said as a county they are in full support of the workers and farmers saying they toil each day to work for the company yet it is not reciprocated.
Earlier in the month Agriculture CaS Lawrence Omuhaka who visited the County said the MD had been suspended for three months pending investigation as Christopher Ogola took over on an interim basis.