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Ministry to seek stakeholders input on State-owned sugar millers’ lease

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A section of Miwani Sugar Company. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Summary

  • Stakeholders in the sugar industry will soon have an opportunity to give their views on the proposal to lease five State-owned sugar mills,.
  • Agriculture administrative secretary Anne Nyaga said the government is working on a modality that will ensure all critical stakeholders give their input before implementation of the project. 

Stakeholders in the sugar industry will soon have an opportunity to give their views on the proposal to lease five State-owned sugar mills,.

Agriculture administrative secretary Anne Nyaga said the government is working on a modality that will ensure all critical stakeholders give their input before implementation of the project which is expected to turn around the fortunes of the troubled sector.

“The timetable for the programme is yet to be released and will make it public to enable us incorporate all the views of the people and ensure a smooth working relation between the new investors and the locals,” she said on Tuesday.

CAS Nyaga who spoke while on an inspection tour at Muhoroni Sugar Company said the ministry has embarked on an initiative to establish the status of the five mills before conclusion of the leasing which is currently ongoing.

“Other than Muhoroni, I will also visit Miwani, Chemelil, Sony Sugar and Chemelil which have been earmarked for a leasehold period of 25 years,” she said.

She indicated that the government will continue to support the companies which are faced with a myriad of setbacks including dilapidated machinery and poor infrastructure.

Despite going through numerous challenges, joint receiver manager for Miwani and Muhoroni Francis Ooko pointed out that they are able to sustain the operations of Muhoroni which was put under receivership in 2000.

“I am happy to report that the new investor for Muhoroni will not have to pump in more funds to revive the company which is currently operating on a 24-hour basis,” he said.