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Uhuru blasts Raila over Sugar deal

12 August 2015, 16:42 William Korir

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has told CORD leader Raila Odinga that he would rather import sugar from Uganda than Brazil, during a pan African congress in Nairobi.

There has been controversy over a number of deals announced as signed by President Kenyatta in Uganda last weekend, including one to import sugar into the country from across the border.

This is despite the ailing sugar industry in Kenya needing help to get back on its feet.

Uhuru though, defended the deals signed over the weekend, saying that the fact that they had been signed does not mean that it is the end of the world.

He accused Raila, who was in the audience of taking the country back.

" It is not something that was signed without prior consideration. We did not just agree over a cup of tea. It is well planned. Both countries will gain. Our farmers will be able to export beef and meat products," he stated.

He also called on Raila not to criticize him for the sake of it.

" I say that with due respect and humility to my elder brother. We cant criticize one another for the sake of criticizing each other," he added.

The deal signed by Uhuru will see sugar imported and meat products from Kenya go the other way.

Raila though, stated that he would not relent.

" The fact is that we need to support our cane farmers and by signing a deal to import sugar, we are not," he added.

The Kenyan cane industry is in turmoil, with the biggest firm in the country Mumias Sugar being bailed out with a KES 1 billion cash injection by the government two months ago.

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