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Western MP's laudes suspension of Mumias Sugar MD

02 April 2014, 20:13 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Several Western Kenya MPs have welcomed the suspension of Mumias Sugar Company Managing Director, Peter Kebati who they accused of contributing to woes affecting the factory.

The group led by Mumias East legislator, Hon. Benjamin Washiali lauded the company's board of directors for taking the bold move to suspend Kebati with Paul Murgor, the Commercial Activities Director.

"The company has, under Kebati's tenure as the Chief Executive, experienced the worst administration which was characterized by consistent losses as reported during annual general meetings, delayed payments to the farmers, use of unscrupulous contractors with support of management to exhort  the company at the benefit of the management and detriment of farmers,"said Washiali.

He allegedly added that Kebati neglected the company's stakeholders especially farmers in decision making on matters affecting them directly and that aided cane poaching by sacking an officers identified as Nyongesa who was in forefront of fighting the illegal practice.

"The suspended MD has led to outright waste of company funds like the KES 1 million launch of water project at the Hotel Inter-Continental last year, suppression of farmers, including the use of force to scuttle lawful demonstrations, and general inaccessibility and outright arrogance by the management when dealing with farmers," stated Washiali.

He also said under the MD's tenure at the company, there has been a lot of importation of of cheap sugar by some management officials to rival sugar produced by the company which he asserted it amounts to conflict of interest.

"It is our belief that any competence-driven investigation will indict the conduct and character of the managing director and the entire management of Mumias Sugar and the total overhaul is the only remedial measure that will regain Mumias Sugar Company's lost glory," noted Washiali.

The MP's were speaking at a press conference at Parliament Buildings where they held that the change in the company's management will see it compete effectively in the COMESA sugar market.

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