Nzoia sugar company owes suffering farmers Sh169 Million in payment arrears


Nzoia Sugar Company in Bungoma county owes its contracted farmers Sh169 million an activist has said.
Jack Munialo, a human rights activist well versed with sugarcane matters says that majority cane farmers in Bungoma county are suffering and are unable to meet their family obligation because they have not been paid. 

Speaking to, Munialo stated that the farmers efforts to ask for their payments which have accrued since May last year have been met with rude responses from the firm bosses.
“Some farmers are very bitter, some are resorting to uprooting the crop owing to the delayed payment, they can’t meet their parental obligations because all their hopes have been diminishing, let the factory senior management come out and over a satisfactorily answers,” said Munialo.
He accused the firm’s senior management of keeping silent over the issue yet the factory is crushing sugarcane.

The Lobbyist asked the Managing Director Michael Makokha and Board Chairman Joash Wamang’oli to strife and pay farmers their accumulated dues.
However, Mr.Makokha came out clearly and stated that currently, the firm owes several people and organisations over Sh7 billion.

“Currently Nzoia Sugar Company owes contractors, Kenya Revenue Authority and other deductions to a tune totalling Sh7 billion, we are struggling to ensued we settle these debts,” said Makokha.
The MD pointed out that since the firm started crushing in February 14 this year, the company has managed to managed to pay farmers to a tune of Sh180 million.
“We are on the right track, let the human rights activists be patient with us, let farmers be patient with us, they will be very proud of this firm in the shortest time possible, let’s support each other,” said Makokha.


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