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Ruto says sugar deal to weed out cartels

15 August 2015, 17:10 Jane Zack

Nairobi - Responding to mounting pressure over the recent sugar deal in Uganda, Deputy President William Ruto on Friday took an about-turn over the issue maintaining that the deal was meant to dismantle sugar cartels in the

Ruto said that the deal which was signed between president uhuru Kenyatta and his Uganda counterpart, Yoweri Museveni was meant to flush out Kenyan sugar barons who have shifted base from Kenya to Uganda.

Ruto further claimed that those behind importation of illegal sugar had flooded the local market by packaging the commodity as those produced by local factories.

''These people pack the product in the packets of Mumias sugar company purpoting it to be produced in the country,'' Ruto stated.

The deal, Ruto said, will ensure that both the Kenya and Ugandan sugar boards work in coorperation to ensure that only genuinely produced sugar in Uganda is marketed in Kenya.

Ruto maintained that the deal was meant to protect local farmers against the cartels who have been illegally importing cheap sugar from other countries through Uganda and passing it as that produced locally.

''There has been alot of noise about the whole issue but we would like to make known that the agreement had no sinister motive against local farmers but was only meant to protect their interest in the long run.

The DP was speaking at Nambale boys high school in Busia county where he presided over a fundsdrive in aid of the school.

Earlier, Jubilee allied legislators at the function had a rough time at the function trying to explain the deal to the morbid crowd who wanted a clear explanation over the whole sugar deal with Uganda.

He said that the Jubilee government was committed to protect the local farmers against illegal sugar deals and was ready to go to other countries like Ruanda, Burundi and DRC Congo to ensure the sugar cartel is stopped.

Other Jubilee politicians who spoke about the issue are Elgeyo Marakwet Senetor Kipchumba Murkomen, Tharaka Nithi Senetor Kithure Kindiki, Turkana south MP James Lomenek and UDF legislator for Mumias East Benjamin Washiali.

Ruto who gave his personal contribution of KES 1million and KES 500,000 from Uhuru said that the Jubilee government was committed to take development to all corners of the republic by working with all leaders irrespective of their party affiliations.

He also announced that the government will ensure that all primary schools in the republic are connected with electricity adding that in Busia county, only 50 primary schools have not been connected but assured them that all primary schools will be connected with power in the next 2 months.

The government, he added, will provide medical equipment worth KES 420 million to the Busia Referral hospital and an additional KES 380 million to one more hospital.

Kithure earlier said those who brought down Mumias Sugar Company and sugar cartels who had flooded the local market with illegal cheap sugar in the country are known and the government will deal with them.

Busia senetor Amos Wako said action had already been taken against those who brought down Mumias Sugar Company.

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