Disabled cane cutter killed in poaching war
Nzoia Sugar accuses West Kenya driver of picking on Wafula as he could not run
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.