MP vows to block appointment of foreigner as Mumias Sugar boss
24 February 2015, 14:03
Bungoma - Lugari MP, Ayub Savula has vowed to mobilize his colleagues from sugarcane growing zones in Western Kenya to reject government’s plan to appoint a foreigner as head of the ailing Mumias Sugar Company.
Savula said he is privy to information that the national government through the Agriculture ministry intends to appoint an expatriate manager to run the Kakamega County based sugar mill.
“The government wants to appoint a manager from one of the Asian countries to oversee the revival of Mumias. We are aware of the plans and let them know that we the representatives of sugarcane growing farmers shall not accept,” Savula told News24.
The first time legislator explained that the leaders from the sugar beld region in western Kenya prefer a local manager who will generate a local solution to the problem facing the company.
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“East Africa Pan Paper Mills in Webuye, Bungoma County, collapsed under the watch of foreign managers and investors and we shall not allow Mumias to go down the same road,” said the lawmaker.
Mumias has been in the news lately following the release of an audit report that revealed massive financial impropriety at the largest sugar milling Company in Kenya.
Eight people, among them the Nairobi Governor, Evans Kidero and his successor at Mumias Sugar Company, Peter Kebati have been adversely mentioned in the damning forensic audit report released by audit firm KPMG.
Others mentioned in the scandal that has been blamed for bringing the Sugar Company to its knees are; former Business Development manager Peter Hongo, former Commercial Director Paul Murgor, Finance Director Chris Chepkoit, Warehouse Manager Christine Cherotich and the national sales manager Fredrick Nzioki.
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