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Kamanda defends President Kenyatta on sugar deal

17 August 2015, 09:27 Arap Yego

Nairobi - Starehe MP, Maina Kamanda has defended President Uhuru Kenyatta over the controversial sugar importation deal with his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni.

The legislator said the President Kenyatta means well for all Kenyans especially the sugarcane farmers, and accused the opposition of politicizing the trade agreement with Uganda for their own selfish gains.

Speaking to News24  Sunday after attending a fundraiser for Prayers Beyond Boundaries Ministries Church at City Primary School, Kamanda lashed out at the critics of the Jubilee government saying they lack an agenda.

"The issue of sugar imports from Uganda is a non-issue if looked at critically, since Ugandan sugar has always been sold in Kenya for some time," said Kamanda.

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He noted that the vocal critics of the move are being dishonest because they previously served in the government and they know that Kenya has been importing sugar from Uganda.

"Raila Odinga served in the previous government as a prime minister and he knows that Kenya has been importing sugar from Uganda. He should not be dishonest. We do not need an opposition that just criticizes the government for the sake of it and to gain political mileage," said the lawmaker.

The Starehe MP said President Kenyatta has the interest of sugarcane farmers and those who make a living from the sector at heart, pointing out that the recent KES 1 billion bailout extended to Mumias Sugar Company is a testament.

"The Head of State will not be in his right frame of mind to try to revive the ailing sugar milling companies by giving them bail-outs and at the same time sign a deal with his Ugandan colleague that will negate the same. We want the opposition to give President Uhuru Kenyatta an opportunity to steer this country," said Kamanda.

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