By Emmanuel Mukavi
The western leaders led by Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula urged the government to address challenges facing sugar industries in the western region. He insisted that the government spare some money to reinstate the sugar mills including Mumias and Nzoia sugar companies in Kakamega and Bungoma counties.
“Put some money in Nzoia to save the economy of our people,” stated senator Wetangula. He said this during the burial mass of the late Matungu MP Hon Justus Murunga in Makunda primary school, Matungu constituency in Kakamega county.
The mass was attended by many people amongst public figures from the entire nation Deputy president William Ruto, ODM leader Raila Odinga, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, FORD Kenya chairman Moses Wetangula, Senate speaker, the host Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya, neighboring Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati and other officials from the government.
Senator Wetangula claimed that cartels had seized best-performing western-based industries including the cotton industry in Malakisi, Nzoia, and Mumias sugar and they have contributed to the collapsing of the firms leading to poverty among western people. He warned the cartels against invading the firms despite the effort by the government to privatize the sugar companies.
He was echoed by his counterpart Senate Cleophas Malala, the former Sport CAS Rashid Echesa, and Lugari MP Ayub Savula who insisted that the national government should address the challenges facing Mumias sugar company. Senator Malala urged the government to give a solution to Mumias sugar company despite the attempt to solve issues that had loomed before trial by the government to settle.
Governor Wycliffe Oparanya who was the chair of the task force committee appointed by the president to give a report on the challenges facing the sugar firm said that the government had taken steps to revive the firm.
On the other side, Deputy President William Ruto insisted that he will only support the BBI report given that vital amendments are made and issues concerning the common people K are properly articulated. He insisted that people should read and understood on their own and the responsibility to pass it should be their decision.
He vowed that the government will support the late Mp”s project that he wanted to accomplish for his people in Matunga constituency such as the road construction project from Indangalasia to Mumias, the building s of Technical Training Institute in Namamali whereby he said that the national government will set aside funds from the CDF together with the national fund to build the Technical Institute.