Cane-cutters burn 56 acres of sugarcane
30 December 2013, 13:36
Bungoma - A group of more than 900 rowdy Nzoia Sugar Company cane-cutters on weekend staged a protest and burned an estimated 56 acres of the factory's sugar plantation demanding for their delayed wages.
Bungoma South OCPD, Kirunya Limbitu confirmed the incident stating that the cane-cutters were to be paid on December 27 via M-pesa but the system encountered technical delays causing the workers to stage a demo within the factory.
Limbitu said the workers armed with machetes and other crude weapons destroyed the factory's gate, smashed the Finance Office's windows and a vehicle's window screen in the protest.
He added that angry workers went ahead to assault the Nzoia OCS, James Ochieng and another officer who succumbed injuries in their feet in an effort to calm them down, and wait for communication from the Company's finance officer.
Limbitu said the workers were then paid despite causing mass destruction to the factory's property. He condemned the unlawful acts of destruction by the protesters and warned that legal action will be taken to those who committed.
"The cane-cutters' act of assaulting police officers on duty and destroying the factory's property is unlawfully and uncalled for. Their step goes beyond the demand for wages, and investigations are underway to bring to book those who committed the crimes," said Limbitu.
"We have already arrest three suspects and as time goes by, we will arrest more. Protests should be conducted lawfully and in an orderly manner bearing in mind that the factory will still be there to seek employment,"he added.
He further warned that anyone who will participate in destructive demos in future will be dealt with lawfully to eradicate sanity.
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