Kenya: Govt Will Not Sit and Watch Land Grabbers – Ruto Warns Mumias Investors

Nairobi — President William Ruto has warned private entities against grabbing Mumias Sugar Company land saying it belongs to the people of Kakamega.

The comments by the Head of State come against the backdrop of a High Court decision that held Uganda’s Sarrai Group of Uganda and its directors in contempt over continued operations at the miller amid a suit contesting a controversial lease.

Speaking on Sunday at Christ Church Cathedral, Kakamega County, the President said the land cannot be taken by individuals whose aim is to make money of it.

Ruto further said the 15,000-acre piece of land must be used to benefit the people of Mumias and promised to revive the sugar miller.

“I came here in December and said I’ll sort out Mumias Sugar woes. It was not a joke; it is in our manifesto. We will deal with the Mumias Sugar issue once and for all,” the President said.

The Head of State also stated that government spent up to Sh5 billion to revive the sugar miller in the past, but nothing came out of it.

“The government spent up to Sh5 billion in the past to revive this factory but nothing happened This time around, we must get it right.

“I have instructed the ministry concerned and I’ve taken a proposal to the Cabinet to sort out the mess at Mumias Sugar,” Ruto said.

The President said the Cabinet will discuss the revival of Mumias Sugar with a view to secure land and make it profitable for both the county and Mumias sugarcane farmers.

In December 2022, the President threatened to evict Sarrai Group from Mumias saying they had not done anything to turn around the sugar miller.