Raila, Kalonzo,Wetangula take sugar campain to Western Kenya
26 August 2015, 18:28
Nairobi - CORD leaders Raila Odinga,Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula will tour western Kenya over the weekend where they will take the sugar debate to.
The leaders will travel through several western Counties to drum up support for their plan to rubbish the sugar deal signed by President Uhuru Kenyatta with Uganda.
They have said that the move to sign the deal will kill the western Kenya sugar industry and economy.
Here is the full statement from CORD
A lot has been said with regard to the Sugar Deal that was signed
between the Kenyan and Ugandan government during the State visit to
Uganda by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Whereas the President
himself appeared to admit the deal was signed to allow importation of
sugar from Uganda at subsidized prices effectively killing the local
sugar industry, some Cabinet Secretaries led by Foreign Affairs Cabinet
Secretary Cabinet Amb. Amina Mohammed came out to refute the claims
saying no deal was signed in Uganda.
However, there have been
reports quoting the leadership of the government of Uganda to the effect
that the deal was signed, the recent one being President Yoweri
Museveni himself who urged the Kenyan government to expedite the
implementation of the Sugar Deal. Last week, Uganda’s State Minister for
Foreign Affairs Mr. Oryem Henry Okello admitted that the deal was
indeed signed and that Kenya was to receive about 97,000MT of sugar.
The reason given for the signing of the deal was of the deal was that
Uganda has a surplus of sugar produced locally and that under the COMESA
safeguards on the exportation of sugar, it had enough to export to
Pundits have however pointed out through figures how
Uganda’s sugar production is not even enough for them local consumption
hence no surplus of the commodity as claimed in the said deal.
opposition in Kenya has been on the forefront in pointing an accusing
finger at the Jubilee government for trying to import cheap sugar into
the country through dubious means with the aim of flooding the local
market with cheap sugar which in the end will bring the local sugar
industry to its knees.
The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy
(CORD) says, they will not sit down and look as the local sugarcane
farmer is disadvantaged through such deals. In Kenya, over 500,000
people do in sugarcane farming while close to 6 million people derive
their livelihood directly or indirectly through the sugar industry. We
cannot let these people down.
It is with this background that the
CORD leadership has from last week launched an awareness campaign with
sugarcane farmers with the aim of educating them on their rights and
what the SUGAR DEAL, if implemented would affect their livelihood. Last
Friday, ODM leader Mr. Raila Odinga was in Busia and Chemelil areas
where he engaged farmers in consultative forums.
This weekend, the
entire CORD brigade heads to the hotbed of sugar in Kenya (Kakamega and
Bungoma), to talk to farmers and listen to them. The country’s largest
sugar milling factory (Mumias Sugar Company) is situated in Kakamega
County while Nzoia Sugar Company is in Bungoma County. There are other
smaller companies like Kabras Millers and Butali Sugar Factory which are
in Kakamega County.
On the morning of Saturday (29th August), the
team will tour Bungoma County where they will hold consultative forums
with sugarcane farmers and get to listen to their plight and later
address them in Bungoma town.
From there, the team which will be
led by CORD principals Mr. Raila Odinga, Mr. Kalonzo Musyoka and Mr.
Moses Wetang’ula will drive to Kakamega through Mumias town where they
will talk to the farmers and later head to Kakamega town for a major
The CORD team will talk to the farmers on the
provisions of sugar exportation by COMESA countries as embedded in the
COMESA treaty and why some top officials in the Jubilee government are
advancing personal interests at the expense of local farmers.
CORD leaders will speak out openly against this Sugar Deal that has made
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni go wild and start hurling insults
directed at the ODM/CORD leader Mr. Odinga. CORD shall not be
intimidated by such antics. They shall stand with the farmer. You are
invited to join the CORD leadership on this trip to talk to farmers and
tell them the truth about the Sugar Deal.
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