President wants those who looted Mumias investigated
25 June 2015, 08:11
Bungoma - President Uhuru Kenyatta wants the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and office of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to open investigations into Mumias sugar company scam.
He said the two institutions are independent and should not wait to be told what to do but implement the KPMG report that implicated former managers.
“The biggest problem that has been affecting the company is not poor cane production but those who were in management; they had their own interests,’’ said Uhuru.
Uhuru was speaking in Mumias where he handed over KES 1 billion cheque to the company management.
“We are here to see that MSC get back to its feet because western economy and that of the country has been affected negatively by its current problems. Farmers must be paid first because they are the key stakeholders, then workers,’’ he said.
The President warned the current management of the sugar company that they must account for every penny.
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“In the last financial year, Treasury allocated KES 800 million to the company. We want to know where the money went. We have given MSC management few months to give us the plan on how you intend to rehabilitate the company and turn it around to profitability," the President stressed.
The DP William Ruto said MSC is not the only area the government is going to pump cash.
“The government has allocated KES 800 million that will be used for the establishment of technical training institutes and tarmac roads," said Ruto.
Amani Coalition leader, Musalia Mudavadi said the country should not let MSC collapse.
“Over 53 percent of the sugar consumed in the country comes from Mumias and more money should be brought in to revive the miller," said Mudavadi.
Mudavadi asked the government to address cheap importation of sugar from COMRESA countries saying the sugar industry should be protected even as the country continues to enjoy the one year waiver.
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