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Chemelil Sugar to resume its operations

06 May 2013, 13:02 Oduor Omondi

Chemelil Sugar Company is set to resume its operations on Thursday 9, 2013 after undergoing maintenance at a cost of Kshs.485million over the last 4 months, Managing Director, Charles Owele has revealed.

Owele while reacting to allegations that machine bearings worth KES 2.5million disappeared from the factory premises a week ago, dismissed the claims as malicious and aimed at besmirching the image of the Company’s management.

He said the maintenance took a long period since the importation of spare parts was from as far as India, United Kingdom and South Africa coupled with the long procurement process.

“Some people who had written out Chemelil as a collapsed firm are now surprised that indeed the Company is coming back to life and will resume operations, with a view to putting back on profit making once again”, he explained.

The MD argued that they have done their bit as the management and as such will not ‘waste time answering those bent on celebrating the wishful thinking of Chemelil getting grounded like Miwani.’

Earlier, word went round that two brand new machine roller bearings worth KES 2.5million had disappeared from factory premises under mysterious circumstances.

Jack Osida, the Workers Union Secretary claimed that the roller bearings were allegedly stolen soon after a power blackout in the sugar firm a week ago.

Subsequently, Osida led a group of protestors who marched to Muhoroni District Commissioner, Solomon Abwaku’s office at Chemelil Round About to register their discontent over the incident.

Abwaku was reported to have been sympathetic after being informed that Chemelil employees had not been paid for 8 months and decided to provide them with relief food but MD Owele declined the offer.

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