State ‘starves’ Mu­mias, wants it to limp along and uses its prob­lems as cam­paign tool, says Oparanya

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Western -

The re­vival of Mu­mias Sugar Com­pany has been turned into a cam­paign tool by the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion, Kakamega Gover­nor Wy­cliffe Oparanya has said.

He said the piece­meal dis­burse­ment of funds by the na­tional govern­ment is meant to keep the prob­lems at the com­pany alive “so they can be used ev­ery elec­tion time”

“I told the Pres­i­dent when he came here in June last year the Sh1 bil­lion he brought was not enough, but I was told I was play­ing politics. I said the com­pany re­quires at least Sh12 bil­lion for re­vival, but I was ig­nored,” Oparanya said on Fri­day. He spoke at Navakholo mar­ket when he in­spected projects.

He said MPs ganged up against a pro­posal by the county govern­ment that the state’s 19 per cent share­hold­ing in the com­pany be sur­ren­dered to the county for bet­ter man­age­ment, since agri­cul­ture is de­volved.

Oparanya said at­tempts by his govern­ment to sup­port the com­pany op­er­a­tions by cre­at­ing a Sh200 mil­lion re­volv­ing fund were met with re­sis­tance; there were claims the money had been stolen.

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A worker at Mu­mias Sugar Com­pany/

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