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Raila hits back at Ruto over Mumias money

18 August 2015, 10:34

Nairobi - Opposition leader Raila Odinga has hit back at Deputy President William Ruto over allegations that he owes Mumias Sugar company KES 40 million.

Speaking in Machakos during an ODM strategy meeting on Monday, Raila referred to Ruto as the ‘high priest of corruption’, Daily Nation reports, citing deals he allegedly signed with sugar barons during his tenure as the minister for Agriculture.

Ruto and other Jubilee leaders had castigated Raila for his stand on the sugar importation deal signed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Yoweri Museveni last week.

Raila and his team have insisted that the deal was aimed at denying cane farmers of their livelihood, and the subsequent collapse of the local sugar industry.

Read Also: Ruto says sugar deal to weed out cartels

In a statement, CORD said: “In all these (sugar belt) counties, mature cane is either rotting in farms or farmers have not been paid for their cane because the factories are making losses. The factories are making losses because cheap imported sugar have filled warehouses and flooded the market.”

However, Ruto defended the sugar deal saying it would help weed out sugar cartels in the country, and asked Raila's family to pay up some money he said they owe Mumias Sugar company.

"The same people complaining about Mumias owe the company millions and should pay up first," he said.

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