I’ll sue you for grow­ing sug­ar­cane, Rasanga tells firm

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

Si­aya Gov­er­nor Cor­nel Rasanga has threat­ened to sue the Do­min­ion Com­pany for go­ing against a deal and grow­ing sug­ar­cane in Yala Swamp. He said the com­pany took ad­van­tage of the tran­si­tion to de­vo­lu­tion to cul­ti­vate sug­ar­cane with­out con­sult­ing his of­fice. “Do­min­ion started farm­ing sug­ar­cane a few days af­ter I was sworn in and they never both­ered to con­sult the county govern­ment, know­ing very well that the MoU never talked of sug­ar­cane,” Rasanga said. He spoke on Wed­nes­day at Ratuoro, a few me­tres from the com­pany’s gate. Rasanga com­mis­sioned a sur­vey to identify the land the com­pany is sup­posed to oc­cupy. He said Do­min­ion must stop farm­ing sug­ar­cane. The gov­er­nor had been ac­cused of leas­ing 6,000 hectares (14,826 acres) of Yala Swamp to the Go­davari Com­pany but stopped the process to pave way for a sur­vey.

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