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Busia leaders protest interference by Judiciary

18 November 2014, 20:55 Jane Zack

Busia - Busia County leaders on Monday evening protested alleged interference by the Judiciary on investment matters in the County.

Speaking to journalists at a Busia hotel after a four-hour closed door leaders' consultative forum, they further said that the County Executive Committee members were reviewing performance and many issues affecting the County.

Busia Senator, Amos Wako chaired the meeting that was also attended by area Governor Sospeter Ojaamong.

Others present were MPs Paul Otuoma (Funyula), John Bunyasi (Nambale), Michael Onyura (Butula), Geoffrey Odanga (Matayos),  County Assembly Speaker Bernard Wamalwa, MCA Tony Onyango (Chief Whip) and members of the County Executive committee.

Wako, who read the press statement, said they will file an application to have an injunction filed by a resident blocking the construction of Busia Sugar Factory.

He said, "It is not an abuse of the court process but what we are pressing is to have the construction of the sugar factory to resume so as to restore investors' confidence. We appeal to the court having heard and determined this matter before in the investors' favour, not to further entertain this other case and to therefore strike it off for being an abuse of the court process."

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The leaders said after almost 15 years of looking for an investor to construct a sugar factory in Busia in vain, Busia Sugar Industry has come on board and started construction of the first sugar factory in Busia.

A case was filed stopping its construction. It was argued in court and the ruling made in favour of the investor.

"Another similar case has been filed on the same grounds as the previous case and the court has issued an injunction stopping the construction of the factory whose raw materials are going to waste." Wako stated.

He said that the situation is causing great concern among Busia residents who are seeing their economic potential going to the drain.

The leaders therefore urged the court to dismiss the case so that the investor can resume operations and restore the hope of Busia residents.

Governor Ojaamong said the Sugar factory is a very popular project.

"We also appeal to other investors that Busia has a lot of potential and the necessary environment for the successful investment," Ojaamong stressed.

Over 200 Busia sugarcane farmers early this month took to the streets protesting the decision by a resident to stop construction of Busia Sugar Industry.

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