- The governor condemned the recent closure of Kibos Sugar and Allied Industries Limited and accused an unnamed person in the western region of eyeing cane from nuclear farms in Kisumu.
- He also claimed on Tuesday that this person wants to maintain a monopoly.
- The county chief's remarks followed a move by the National Environment Management Authority to shut down the factory’s distillery and paper mill over alleged pollution.
- The miller was accused of discharging effluent into River Kibos, which drains into Lake Victoria.
Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o now blames the closure of a private miller in the region on unfair competition by unnamed rivals and "sugar barons".
The county chief's remarks followed a move by the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) to shut down the distillery and paper mill of Kibos Sugar and Allied Industries Limited over alleged pollution.
The miller was accused of discharging effluent into River Kibos, which drains into Lake Victoria.
A July 31 directive by Environment and Lands court judge Stephen Kibunja affected the operations of Kibos Sugar, Kibos Distillers Limited and Kibos Power Limited.
Justice Kibunjia declared Kibos' industry licence unconstitutional and illegal and said provisions of the Environmental Management and Coordination Act were contravened.
But Governor Nyong'o said, “The ruling is an unfair judgement influenced by sugar barons whose aim is to have a monopoly on sugar supply in the region."
The governor has also lined an unnamed person in the western region to the matter and accused this person of eyeing cane from nuclear farms in Kisumu.
“Kibos remains the only functioning miller in this region, where local farmers take their produce. He wants it to stall while his factory in western continues to operate. We will not allow him to succeed in this scheme,” said the governor.
He added that Kibos was the only hope as the government worked on reviving millers such as Chemelil, Muhoroni and Miwani.