Mumias' Downward Spiral Worries Uhuru


cheapest geneva; font-size: small;”>At a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto on Tuesday, treat Members of Parliament from Western Kenya asked that directors of the Sugar Company be summoned to explain what they saw as a downward spiral.

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The company in 2012 said it produced 172,614 tonnes of sugar during the year to June, down 27 percent.

Revenue were edged down to 18.7 billion shillings from 18.8 billion in 2010/11, raising fears that the company was on the verge of collapse which would leave thousands jobless.

Earnings per share rose 4 percent to 1.32 shillings, thanks to a tax credit, the company said

The meeting was convened to discuss the Jubilee’s development agenda for the region.

“We cannot allow the company to collapse under our watch,” President Kenyatta said. President Kenyatta said he would urgently look into the subject.

The MPs, led by Lugari MP Ayub Savula discussed a broad agenda, including revival of Pan-Paper Mills, infrastructure and transformational projects such as the dairy industry.

The President said Government would explore how to revive Pan-Paper Mills, which is a major employer in the region.

President Kenyatta called on the MPs to encourage the residents to engage in dairy and other types of farming as the area has good weather and soils, instead of relying solely on sugarcane.

President Kenyatta was responding to issues raised by the legislators during the meeting.

On the turf wars between Inspector-General David Kimaiyo and National Police Service Commission Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi, the President said Government was concerned about smooth operations of the Police Service.

“We have moved to harmonize their respective roles to ensure that they perform their duties effectively,” the President said.

The President urged the MPs to focus on service delivery, which he said was key to citizens keeping faith with their leaders.

President Kenyatta said the elections are over and he will continue to serve all Kenyans irrespective of the way they voted in the general elections.

The MPs assured the President and the Deputy President of their support in the implementation of Government policies.


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