In Summary
  • Mr Rai said they had projected to inject close to Sh6 billion into the company in the next 10 years to rehabilitate and revive old machines.

Bungoma County is betting on the revival of Pan African Paper Mills to breathe life into the sleepy Webuye Town.

The urban centre was once the lifeline and economic hub of the region but its fortunes took a beating when the factory’s operations ground to a halt.

Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka said reopening of the paper mill would provide a source of employment and revenue by revitalising the local economy.
“This (pan paper revival) will awaken Western region’s massive economic potential, creating job opportunities,” he said.

Mr Lusaka acknowledged that it would take some time before the firm realises its full potential once it starts operations.
He said the county government is committed to providing the necessary support to ensure the revival succeeds.

“While Pan Paper’s capacity may not match the level it used to enjoy before it collapsed, I strongly believe it will be totally on track in less than five years,” Mr Lusaka said.

“We will do everything possible to ensure the revival succeeds. This will range from infrastructural development, relaxation of any bureaucratic processes such as getting necessary permits or certificates.”

Former employees are also optimistic of resuming work after being in the cold for over eight years.

Mr Wellington Khaemba, a former staff, said the management had already contacted them and provided modalities of how they would resume their respective duties.

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