Dis­abled cane cut­ter killed in poach­ing war

Nzoia Sugar ac­cuses West Kenya driver of pick­ing on Wa­fula as he could not run

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - BRIAN OJAMAA @ojamab

Nzoia Sugar has de­manded the ar­rest of a West Kenya Sugar fac­tory driver who killed a dis­abled cane cut­ter. In a state­ment to news­rooms on Monday, the firm said Al­fred Wa­fula was killed at Wenonia Farm, Nabukho­nyi vil­lage, as he and oth­ers har­vested cane that had of­fi­cially been given to Nzoia Sugar by Ben­son Wekesa.

It said Wa­fula and his col­leagues were at­tacked by a group of men wield­ing pan­gas and run­gus.

“It is chill­ing that the killer opted to run over Wa­fula since he wasn’t able to run fast be­cause he was dis­abled,” reads the state­ment signed by the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor God­frey Wany­onyi.

The com­pany said West Kenya wanted to forcibly take away Nzoia Sugar’s cane.

“The com­pany is sad­dened by the ex­treme and il­le­gal mea­sures some millers take to ac­quire cane and would like to ex­press its dis­dain and ut­ter dis­ap­proval of such heinous acts of violence,’’ reads the state­ment. Nzoia Sugar sent its con­do­lences to Wa­fula’s fam­ily and promised to stand by them. The com­pany said it will en­sure his killers are pun­ished. Wa­fula is the lat­est vic­tim to be caught up in the sug­ar­cane poach­ing war in West­ern.

In Au­gust, Agri­cul­ture CS Willy Bett warned pri­vate millers against en­croach­ing on farms con­tracted to pro­vide sug­ar­cane to state-owned com­pa­nies. They in­clude Bu­tali, Ki­bos and West Kenya fac­to­ries.

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