Nzoia Sugar Farmers Vow To Eject Firm MD Over Nonpayment As He Blames KRA For Deducting Sh20 million

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Contacted, Wanjala blamed Kenya Revenue Authority for deducting Sh20 million from the company account.

Cane farmers contracted by Nzoia Sugar Company have vowed to eject the firm Managing Director for failing to pay them.

Led by Kennedy Kibeti, the contracted farmers claimed that they have failed to meet their parental obligations after the Managing director Michael Wanjala failing to release their cash.
“The company harvested our cane in June 2020 and up to now there is no communication on when the firm will release our cash, we are dismayed with his behaviour, our efforts to get his comment have failed,” said Kibeti.
Contacted, Wanjala blamed Kenya Revenue Authority for deducting Sh20 million from the company account.
“I am not to blame, KRA took all the money meant for farmers payment, they deducted direct from the account without any explanations, am struggling to see how my farmers will be paid their dues let them persevere a bit,” he said.
As for those planning to demonstrate against him, he asked them to proceed because picketing is enshrined in the constitution.

Kibeti further added, “The MD is always running away from farmers despite pledging to be releasing their cash on time, he should be kicked out, we don’t like liars,”.
He stated that they are going to launch the mother of all demonstrations until the MD is forced him out.
“We need our money, we don’t accept our cane to be harvested and yet there are no returns, we need to pay school fees and meet other family obligations yet the MD is not picking our calls nor doesn’t want to meet us,” he said.
He vowed to lead demonstrations this week until Mr.Wanjala is forced out or pays their dues.
His sentiments were echoed by Mrs Emily Mulongo whose cane were harvested in July 2020 and who wants money deposited in her account.

“I depend on cane for survival, let the MD and other firm management work on paying us, am passing through hell,” she said.
Mrs.Mulongo pointed out that the MD promised to release their cash on timely basis just after crushing of their cane.
“He has since gone silent, we are no longer hearing from him, we were even forced to plant cane at the Nuclears to save the company but in vain,” she said.

On his part, Chrispinus Pepela also a farmer stated that he is yet to receive his payment for the cane harvested in 2017.
“The government released cash for payment of farmers but our efforts to visit banks have not yielded any fruits, we are met with empty accounts,” said Pepela.
He noted that if the MD won’t come out and state clearly when they expect money, he should be in for a rude shock.
“We are going to stage a mother of all demonstrations until he talks to us, we don’t to hear any appointment word when we want to express our dissatisfaction with him,” warned Pepela.
Wanjala was appointed the Nzoia Sugar MD in July 2019.

The firm among others have been on the government radar for privatisation for failure to sustain themselves, leading to accrued debts.

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