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MP wants Parliament to summon ministers involved in the sugar deal

19 August 2015, 12:35 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Ugunja MP, Opiyo Wandayi has asked the House to summon Cabinet Secretaries involved in the signing of the Kenya-Uganda sugar importation agreement to shed more light on its details.

Wandayi, who appealed to the Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso to make a ruling for Cabinet Secretaries from relevant ministries including Amina Mohammed (Foreign Affairs) and Adan Mohamed (Acting CS for Agriculture), said the government has not come out clear on the controversial deal.

“There is total confusion whether there was signing of the Uganda-Kenya sugar importation agreement. The confusion is as a result of conflicting statements by the same government and I request relevant Cabinet Secretaries to appear before this House to clarify on the agreement,” said Wandayi.

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Wandayi added that although the President Uhuru Kenyatta alluded on the sugar importation agreement with Uganda, Kenyans have been left in dilemma on its existence and its details particularly after some Cabinet Secretaries maintained that there was no signing of the said deal.

“The sugar importation agreement is a matter of public interest because it affects thousands of farmers in sugar belt regions in the country,” said Wandayi.

However, Laboso thwarted Wandayi’s plea to make a ruling and the House to contribute on the matter on grounds that there was a substantive motion on sugar crisis in the country scheduled for debate on Thursday.

The alleged sugar importation agreement between Kenya and Uganda has been highly criticized by the opposition leaders and legislators who argue that it will lead to collapse of local sugar factories and force sugarcane farmers to languish in poverty while legislators in the government have maintained that the deal will not affect sugar production in the country.

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