Raila, 50 MPs set for Bungoma visit
28 August 2015, 17:38
Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga will take his team to Bungoma County Saturday.
In order to give enough time to farmers in the sugarcane growing
region of Western Kenya and to get to listen to their plight, the CORD
leadership has dedicated Saturday to Bungoma
County where several consultative forums with the farmers have been
CORD principals Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka
and Moses Wetang’ula will use their trip to Bungoma County to
engage with the farmers, listen to them and understand the problems they
are facing in relation to the current problems facing the Sugar
The trip comes in the wake of revelation that President
Uhuru Kenyatta and his Ugandan Counterpart Yoweri Museveni
led high level government delegations from the two countries to the
signing of a Sugar Deal that would allow Uganda to export the commodity
In the deal, Uganda is expected to export to Kenya
about 79,000 tonnes of sugar which will be sold cheaply in the local market
in exchange with meat and dairy products (from Kenya). The consequences
of the deal, according to CORD are grave to the country’s sugarcane farmer and the local
industry which will effectively collapse and millions of Kenyans lose
The programme for the day will see the leaders hold a mini rally at the Bungoma Bus Park at 1.30 Pm, before heading to Kanduyi Shopping Centre for another rally at 2.15. They will then hold a major public rally at Bukembe market, which hosts the Nzoia Sugar Company LTD.
50 members of Parliament as well as leaders from the Senate have confirmed their presence.
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