Raila, Echesa Under Fire As Farmers Want KCB TO Takeover Mumias Sugar

ODM leader Raila Odinga, former sports Cabinet Secretary(CS) Rashid Echesa and a host of western politicians have come under czar criticism from sugar farmers who, on Tuesday, held demos against them.

The farmers castigated the leaders for the downfall of Mumias Sugar Company saying their politicking had not served them any good.

With placards carrying messages to various politicians, the farmers asked Raila to clear his debt reportedly borrowed by his Spectre Farm Limited.

They also slammed Echesa asking him to table what he had done to revive the company when he was a CS.

On the other hand, the farmers expressed solidarity with Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya saying they support a task force formed by the county chief to look into the revival efforts.

Mumias Dugar farmer hold protests.

Despite opposition from their political leaders, the farmers took to the street to push for KCB takeover.

“We want the national government to work hand in hand with the county government so that they can revive the Mumias company through KCB receivership, ” said one of the protestors.

They also condemned the politicisation of the revival efforts and told the leaders to keep from any revival efforts or else face consequences.

“We want to tell politician and other leaders coming from Kakamega County. Let us leave politics out of the revival efforts of this Mumias Sugar. And anyone who will keep doing so we will deal with him man to man,” said another protester.

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Ailing Mumias Sugar company.

In September, KCB placed the ailing sugar company under receivership due to unpaid debts.

Western leaders led by Echesa and Senator Cleophas Malalah opposed the move saying it will disadvantage their people.

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