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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Bungoma cane growers reject board

Cane growers in Bungoma county have unanimously rejected the directors appointed to sit on Nzoia Sugar Company’s board of management.
Led by Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi and former assistant minister Alfred Khang’ati the farmers are resolved the management director of Nzoia Sugar Company same Wasilwa is replaced with immediate effect.
The farmers drawn from Kanduyi and Kapuchai constituencies added that they no confidence in the newly appointed board chairman Joash Wamang’oli and some directors over a number of issues.
Speaking at Mechimeru and Sang’alo trading centres during impromoting meetings the farmers claimed that the former Webuye had allegedly run down Nzoia outgrowers company while services as a director and chairman and not be allowed to move to the parent company in the same capacity.
They complained that although the company factory was based in Kanduyi director had been appointed to the board from the area which produces the highest tonnage in the sugar belt.
Wamunyinyi who read the resolutions at the meetings which also extended to Namirembe in the old east Bukusu location added that the Kanduyi did not have a senior manager in the company management despite having qualified people who could occupy the positions.
“We are going to present our official protest to President Uhuru Kenyatta because we cannot work with a board of outsiders we have no problem about the origin of the chairman but we want a competent person to transform the company from public to private,” he noted
He said if their plea to the head of states fails to yield any fruits then they were going to convene the mother of the rallies and march to the company to affect the chairman.
The farmers also resolved that the capital levy chopped off their payment and send to Noco should be stopped because the money is only shared among the directors instead of services to the farmers.
Speaker after speaker at the meeting complained that those sugarcane worth billion shillings had been burnt during the dry whether but the management declined to harvest it.
 Khang’ati said If the president wanted the support Bungoma people then he should initiate projects that could have direct impact on the people and the appointment of individuals to join the government. Both Wasilwa and Wamang’oli declined to comment on the move.