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By Kibet Micah Chumba

THE END OF SUGARCANE INDUSTRY IN WESTERN KENYA.(RIP)
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There are only three types of barons in the world; Drug barons,Oil barons,and Sugar barons. We are in the clutches of sugar barons.
Kenya’s sugar industry,the backbone of western Kenyas’ economy is seriously threatened and the first major threat is the recently signed deal between Uhuru Kenyatta and the government of Uganda to allow illegal imports of sugar to flood our local markets.

Why would Uhuru the president of the republic of Kenya sign a deal that benefit his personal milk business at the expense of the greater good of thousands of farmers in the Western Sugar Belt?.Is this what we call development; government business or personal business?
While other countries are jealously protecting their farmers with trade tarrifs and subsidies, Kenya is opening up its market to external producers duty free while one man’s business is the only beneficiary in the reverse deal. Kenyan farmers are burdened with licenses, taxes and high overheads due to poor infrastructure while Ugandan farmers get to bring in their sugar tax free.

“We are unable to sell sugar and our stores are full . We are in a state of desperation.why is the president soo in hurry to sigh such deals? currently we have 50,000 tons of sugar worth Ksh 550 million lying in the stores while this owes farmers 320 million since February”
I put it to you the reader that Kenya’s economy CANNOT survive two terms of Jubilee One. We will be lucky if we make it out of this first one.