Stop flood of illegal sugar imports - Cotu
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.
Cotu deputy secretary general Benson Okwaro. He says sugar import is killing the local industries