Stop flood of il­le­gal sugar im­ports - Cotu

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries -

Cotu has blamed the con­tin­ued im­port of cheap, il­le­gal sugar for huge losses recorded by the Mu­mias Sugar Com­pany.

Deputy sec­re­tary gen­eral Ben­son Ok­waro said unless the gov­ern­ment stops il­le­gal sugar im­ports from flood­ing the mar­ket, the col­lapse of the in­dus­try will be im­mi­nent. “Al­ready the coun­try’s re­tail shops, in­clud­ing su­per­mar­kets, are fully stocked with im­ported sugar and one can hardly find any lo­cally man­u­fac­tured sugar,” he said.

In a state­ment, Ok­waro said the move is de­signed by well-con­nected sugar barons op­er­at­ing within gov­ern­ment to en­sure no lo­cal sugar finds space in the re­tail shops’ shelves.

He said this is killing the lo­cal in­dus­tries and cost­ing thou­sands of Kenyans jobs.

Ok­waro said the need for labour in the agri­cul­ture sec­tor re­mains the only guar­an­tee for the gov­ern­ment to cre­ate em­ploy­ment for the youth.

/COLLINS KWEYU

Cotu deputy sec­re­tary gen­eral Ben­son Ok­waro. He says sugar im­port is killing the lo­cal in­dus­tries

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