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Raila playing politics with lives of poor cane farmers, says MP

19 August 2015, 15:45 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Ndia MP, Stephen Ngare has accused CORD leader Raila Odinga of playing politics with the lives of poor sugar farmers in Western Kenya.

In a harsh criticism of the former Prime Minister, the MP accused Raila of creating crisis and sending the country into political mood.

“CORD should support the government's plan to revive the sugar industry and stop flooding the country with cheap sugar. Opposition is sabotaging government development efforts,” he said.

He defended Deputy President, William Ruto, whom Raila recently described as the high priest of corruption.

Read Also: MP wants Parliament to summon ministers involved in the sugar deal

Ngare said Ruto has been in the forefront of reviving the sugar industry when he headed the agriculture docket and termed Raila’s attack on Ruto as uncalled for.

He said that the setback is not importing sugar from Uganda but improving sugar industries and streamlining the management to make them competitive.

“It is corruption that has led to the collapse of sugar industries in Kenya and Raila is said to have a stake in it,” the MP alleged.

He said Western Kenya legislators should join the government initiatives in reviving the industry instead of politicking at the expense sugarcane farmers.

The MP made the remarks at Baricho after concluding the tour of CDF funded projects in his constituency.

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