In Summary
  • Mr Musiambo said the government has not closed down the firm and has no intention of doing so.
  • On Monday, some sugarcane growers protested over the alleged closure of the factory.
  • Kiscol, which started its operations in 2014, is backed by Mauritian giant, Omnicane.

The government has refuted reports that Kwale International Sugar Company Ltd (Kiscol) had been closed down.

Deputy Head of Public Service Wanyama Musiambo said contrary to some media reports, the government has not closed down the firm and has no intention of doing so.

The firm’s management, he said, has confirmed that the factory is only undergoing routine maintenance.

“The correct position is that, as part of the ongoing crackdown on illicit, counterfeit and unfit for human consumption products, sugar was seized in the company’s godown, where chemical had also been stored.

“Samples from the seized sugar were taken by the Kenya Bureau of Standards for requisite testing. Once ready, the results of the tests will be communicated directly to the company,” Mr Musiambo said.

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