The plan to revive Mumias Sugar Factory through the leasing model by the KCB Receiver has attracted mixed reactions with many welcoming the idea. Through a communication, one of the leading parties interested in the lease Devki Limited pulled out in what it said was due to political interference of the process by local leaders.
Among those said to be interfering in the process were Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, ANC Party leader Musalia Mudavadi and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula. A move that angered many people especially residents of Mumias who have suffered due to collapse of the factory. The angry residents took to the streets and aired their grievances.
On Saturday morning, after receiving criticisms and blames, Kakamega senator Malala took to his social media pages to explain his stand and why he oppose Devki takeover.
The post attracted harsh responses from the angry Netizens who termed the youthful senator as a selfish leader who is after handouts than reviving the factory. The comments flowing in thousands painted the senator in bad limelight and forced him to pull down the post.
The revival of Mumias Sugar factory has come as a solution to the rotting metals and idle land and whoever stands on the way faces the wrath of the residents who have suffered since it went down.
In a statement from the receiver manager, the company said the leasing process is ongoing and the local politicians should not politicize the process.