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Sunday, 16 November 2014

MUMIAS SUGAR WOES CONTINUE TO BITE AS ANOTHER SMELLY SCAM UNVAILED


Struggling Mumias Sugar Company is reportedly said to have lost close to Sh18million in ethanol deals in neighbouring Uganda.
According to an insider, a tanker loaded with the product left the company for Kampala, the Uganda capital on October 11 last month with the consignment 221 of litres.
Documents reveal that it was destined for a brewery in Uganda where the company had traded since MSC began diversification.
Our two sources both in Uganda and at MSC reveal that while in Kampala, the tanker with instructions from the quality assurance department is said to have been paid for at market rates.
“But the payment was not remitted to the company because a report had been prepared by the same the manager in the quality assurance department to the effect that the Ethanol was sub-standard,” said our source.
“The manager ordered for another tanker from Mumias after he declared that this first one had been condemned but ironically, it had not been returned for refinement,” added our source.
Weekly Citizen saw a report signed to the effect that the first consignment of 4,000 litres of ethanol was condemned therefore not paid for.
But an insider at the receiver company displayed receipts showing the product had been paid for and received in “proper quantity and quality”.
We established that when the second consignment was delivered to Kampala, payment for the delivery was also made and the money remitted to Mumias Sugar.
Speaking last week, a company source said it was unfair that the manager who is suspected to be behind the theft had been given the mandate to write a list of people to retire or be sacked from the company.
A security officer at MSC confirmed the theft but pleaded not to be named for fear of being victimised