Why The Gov’t Sacked Nzoia Sugar Company MD Michael Wanjala -CS Munya Reveals


Former Nzoia Sugar Company Managing Director CPA Michael Wanjala Makokha has finally been sacked.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya disclosed that Makokha was on suspension was eventually send packing after the intensive audit showed that he was involved in deep corruption.

“We had suspended him to allow auditors carry on an audit on money disappearance at the only existing government factory in Bungoma County, he rushed to court to sue us but the report showed massive corruption at the firm and we resolved to now sack him,” said Munya.

During Makokha’s tenure farmers and factory staffs went without pay for over a year yet the firm was crushing cane and selling sugar.

The government deployed Chrispinus Omondi to act as the Managing Director after suspending Makokha.

Speaking at Nzoia Sugar Company on Monday where he presented Sh500 million to rehabilitate the factory and pay a section of farmers and staffs their salary arrears, Munya affirmed that the cash will be channelled direct to the farmers accounts.

He stated that Sh200 million will go towards rehabilitation of the factory, Sh300 million will be used to pay farmers and factory staffs.

He attributed the poor factory performance to poor managerial skills and glaring corruption that has led to increased debts.

“We will not spare anybody that was involved in graft that denied farmers and staffs cash, there are a number of people who worked together with Makokha, we will not spare them, they will be sacked once investigations are complete,” he said.

The CS said that he acted according to reports from human rights and other people and he launched investigation that found out that there was massive graft.

On the firm’s board issue, Munya affirmed that members will be picked soon to help check on the management.

“We will sit down and agree on who should be picked to check on the management, we don’t want to create a picture of nepotism through picking ‘our own’ who are corrupt individuals,” he said.

Nzoia sugar company board led by its Chairman Joash Wamang’oli was dissolved one year ago following the complaints from farmers and leaders over incompetence.

Munya disclosed that only the reforms in the agriculture sector will help empower farmers financially.

He stated that for farmers to be empowered economically, reforms should be done accordingly to save farmers.

Earlier on Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati and Kanduyi Mp Wafula Wamunyinyi had asked the government to constitute the board for Nzoia Sugar company to help oversight the management.


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