Governors Prof Peter Anyang Nyong’o of Kisumu and Wycliffe Wangamati of Bungoma have asked the national government to drop its plans of privatising sugar factories in Western Kenya regions.
The two have called upon the national government to instead engage county governments for a long lasting solution that cushion the sugar cane farmers.
Speaking in Kisumu where he had paid a courtesy call on Prof Ayang’ Nyong’o on Wednesday 28 February, Wangamati decried the plight of farmers who were on the verge of losing livelihoods should the national government make a decision.
“We want long lasting solution that will be viable and profitable to our farmers before any action is taken,” Wangamati said.
He further reiterated that county governments will not allow factories to be sold at a throw away price when they are able to buy the factories and turn them into profitable firms.
Governor Nyong’o also asked the national government to look into the proposal they have made over the same and ensure that factories are left in the hands of the farmers.
Earlier on, Governor Wangamati had asked DP William Ruto to let the national government involve Bungoma county in the plans to privatise Nzoia sugar company.
Ruto had visited Bungoma county where he held a series of events over the weekend in Mt Elgon region which is suffering frequent terror attacks on locals following insecurity in the region.