Leaders in Western Kenya, including DAP-K Party’s Eugene Wamalwa and Deputy Leader Wafula Wamunyinyi, are vehemently against the privatization of the Nzoia Sugar Company, citing a lack of public involvement in the decision-making process.
Wamalwa, the DAP-K Party Leader, expressed dissatisfaction with the Kenya Kwanza administration, accusing them of reneging on their promise to revive the company and opting instead to lease it for fifty years.
He highlighted the party’s opposition to privatization without parliamentary oversight, mentioning that Azimio secured court orders to halt the process.
“We have refused privatisation without parliamentary oversight. Azimio got court orders to stop privatisation.
They plan to buy Nzoia (Sugar Company),” Wamalwa said.
During a gathering in Bungoma, where politician Zachariah Barasa joined the DAP-K Party after leaving UDA, the leaders emphasized their commitment to safeguarding election pledges, such as ensuring fair payment to farmers and the installation of new machinery at Nzoia Sugar Company.
“We are surprised that those who promised to buy new machines in Nzoia (Sugar Company), clear debts, and pay farmers have not done so yet.
Now they want to sell Nzoia, I am sure farmers have not been consulted,” Wamunyinyi expressed.
Simultaneously, Wamalwa called on President William Ruto to uphold the judiciary’s authority, accusing him of attempting to circumvent it to advance the affordable housing project.
“They have started using Housing project to grab land,” Wamalwa said, pointing out alleged government officials’ plans to acquire Bungoma Airstrip land through the Affordable Housing project.
The leaders also raised concerns about the escalating taxes burdening ordinary Kenyans, expressing their view that the current tax rates are unsustainable for the general population.