Kenya-Uganda agreement serves Kenyatta family’s milk export interests
14 August 2015, 10:38
Nairobi – CORD co-principal, Moses Wetang’ula has accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of serving interests of his family in the signing of the alleged sugar importation agreement between Kenya and Uganda.
Wetang’ula, who is the Senate Minority Leader and Bungoma Senator, said importation of sugar from Uganda in exchange of beef and dairy products aims at benefiting the Kenyatta family that has huge investments in the milk sector.
“The agenda is very clear; secure a safe market for Brookside - a Kenyatta family dairy consortium regardless of how much it harms the ordinary poor sugarcane farmer in the western, Nyanza and coastal sugar belts,” said wetang’ula.
He pointed out that President Kenyatta’s decision paves way for unscrupulous business cartels to import cheap sugar from international markets such as South America and repackaging it as Ugandan for re-export into Kenya, which is simply promoting corruption.
“For the President to embark on using his office as the CEO to further family commercial interests is nothing but corruption at the highest level. The figures being thrown around about Uganda having surplus sugar from local production is false and the President as a former Trade and Finance minister knows there are cartels importing sugar,” said Wetang’ula.
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He maintained that Kenyatta has no moral capacity to pretend championing the war on corruption if the agreements signed in Uganda during his three-day tour are not made public for scrutiny and impact assessment on the local sugar industry.
“The Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, Kiprono Kittony was quoted saying they signed an MoU with the EAC trade protocols; why should there be need for Kenya to sign another MoU with Uganda? Where is Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi as East African partners?” posed Wetang’ula.
The Bungoma Senator added that Kenyatta’s administration's willingness to bail out Kenya Airways with a whooping KES 29 billion debt while it cannot release KES 5 billion for revival of the collapsing Mumias Sugar Company despite giving it KES 1 billion loan only serves the interests of a few individual.
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