Ministry appoints team to guide leasing of State-owned sugar firms

Ministry appoints team to guide leasing of State-owned sugar firms
Interim committee will be in place until the five sugar firms are handed over to successful bidders

04/09/2020

Nairobi, Kenya – Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya, in a gazette notice, has appointed Lake Region Economic Bloc CEO Abala Wanga to the interim management committee which will be in place until the five sugar factories are handed over to successful bidders. Others in the list are Dr. Ben Okumu and Francis Wangara.

The government had established a team to guide the process of leasing five State-owned sugar mills as it embarked on plans to re-vitalize the sector.

They join the team led and chaired by Agriculture Cabinet Administrative Secretary Anne Nyaga and draws membership from the management of the five mills, Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) director-general Anthony Muriithi and head of sugar directorate Ms Rosemary Owino.

Their specific roles will include to receive, review and make recommendations on issues related to the specific sugar mills.

The issues include job contracts, payment of wages, management of suppliers, forward sales and other credit arrangements, staff and grower arrears as well as security arrangements.

These matters had brought to a grinding halt the leasing plans by the unions that felt the government had overlooked their needs and took the matter to court. A matter which has since been settled out of court following
an agreement between the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation and Allied Workers and the Lake Region Economic Bloc.

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Alice Odera

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