Kakamega County Assembly has adopted a taskforce report on revival of the troubled Mumias Sugar Company.
The report,dubbed Protection of Public Assets in the wider Mumias Region and the Revival of Mumias Sugar Company Limited, was unanimously approved by the Assembly Members(MCAs).
The ward reports lamented that poverty has increased and insecurity escalated in Mumias Sugar Zone due to collapsed of the sugar factory.
While tabling the report, the Majority Chief Whip, Dickson Ombayo applauded the county government for being steadfast in championing interests of sugarcane farmers.
Sugarcane farmers have bore the brunt of the collapse of this factory, which directly or indirectly supported the livelihoods of millions of people in Western Kenya.
As the peoples representative we must support this report.” Ombayo said.
Marama Central, MCA, Philip Maina said the report has a clear roadmap to revive the one giant sugar miller through helping farmers on cane development and partnering with the national government on other revival strategies.
The leader of Majority, Joel Ingoro and the Agriculture committee chairperson,Geoffrey Ommatera said if the sugar factory in revived, it will be one of the biggest source of county revenue.
During the era of local authorities our councils benefited from CESS funds that were used to improve road network in the sugar- belt,”Ommatera said.
Shinoyi -Shikomari MCA, Bonface Akosi said the Assembly’s decision to approve the report will enable the county executive to start implementing recommendations of the report.