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Khalwale tells public to oppose Kenya-Uganda sugar deal

12 August 2015, 08:10 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Kakamega Senator, Boni Khalwale has asked Kenyans to oppose an agreement signed between Kenya and Uganda for importation of sugar and exportation of animal products.

Khalwale said the agreement signed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni for Kenya to import sugar while it exports beef and milk products to Uganda will lead to importation of cheap sugar and collapse of local factories.

He pointed out that Uganda does not produce enough sugar compared to Kenya and therefore the deal paves way for cartels in the country to import cheap sugar from Egypt and Brazil then brand it as Ugandan for Kenya’s market.

“The President should be reminded that the reason he suspended his Agriculture Cabinet Secretary, Felix Koskey was on allegation of irregularly issuing certificates for importation of cheap sugar into the country,” said Khalwale.

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The Kakemega Senator said the agreement contravenes the COMESA protection measures and intends to serve Kenyatta’s personal interests and those of cartels in the country.

“The President should make full disclosure of the signed agreement for the public to know its content. Things have to be done procedurally instead of two presidents dying to please each other. Such an important deal cannot be done and left under tables,” said Khalwale.

He further observed that the signing of the agreement justifies the Jubilee government’s earlier appeal to COMESA to extend its protection measures by member countries to allow for importation of cheap sugar.

He warned that the agreement would lead to total collapse of Mumias Sugar factory, and others such as Nzoia and Sonny Sugar companies in addition to losing a lot of money to Western countries such as Brasil for importation of sugar.

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