‘Harvest Our Overgrown Cane Or We Do This’ -Ndivisi MCA Warns Nzoia, West Kenya Sugar Factories

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The ward leader blamed the area leaders for going silent over the issues bedeviling cane farmers but are instead busy campaigning with the Building Bridges Initiative report.

Two sugarcane factories based in Bungoma and Kakamega Counties have been given a two weeks ultimatum to harvest overgrown cane in Webuye East Sub County before farmers decide what to do with their cane.

Addressing the press in Webuye town on Friday, November 13, 2020, Ndivisi Ward MCA Martin Wanyonyi warned the two sugar factories Nzoia and West Kenya for delaying harvesting cane that have now hit 30 months.

“We are tired of reminding them to harvest cane, if they fail within two weeks we will take drastic action by selling it to individuals to avoid further frustrations,” he warned.

He pointed out that he will lead the demonstrations until the two companies harvest the cane and pay farmers on time to reduce the burdens they are facing right now.

“We will not tolerate any further delay in harvest cane in Webuye East, farmers have invested in it and they need money to meet other parental obligations, if they delay, only the demonstrations will paralyze all the operations in the two factories,” he said.

He added that he has already informed farmers and all the operations in the two factories will be stopped because they will not allow their tractors to tour their area.

“We have written to the managing directors of the two factories to harvest our cane but they have gone silent yet we need money to help us in managing our lives, we will not allow them to continue frustrating us,” he said.

The ward leader blamed the area leaders for going silent over the issues bedeviling cane farmers but are instead busy campaigning with the Building Bridges Initiative report.

“We need our leaders to be on the forefront of helping cane farmers, they are not very much concerned, they have now directed all their energies on the constitution change issues while farmers are wallowing in poverty,” said Wanyonyi.

Efforts to get a comment from the two firms were futile.

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