In Summary
  • It took the firm intervention of Governor Wycliffe Oparanya to pacify charged farmers who were shouting and chanting “no zoning,” as the meeting turned chaotic.
  • Chaos unfolded in the presence of Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri, who appointed the 16-member team to end woes bedevilling sugar sector.

  • The meeting was also attended by Nandi Governor Stephen Sang, Migori Governor Okoth Obado, Wycliffe Wangamati (Bungoma) and Kisumu deputy governor.

A meeting convened for sugarcane farmers to validate a report of a task force formed by the government to look into the sector’s woes on Saturday almost aborted after farmers vehemently rejected an attempt to introduce regional zoning.

It took the firm intervention of Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya to pacify charged farmers who were shouting and chanting “no zoning,” as the meeting turned chaotic, almost degenerating into a fist-fight.

All this unfolded in the presence of the Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri, who appointed the 16-member team in November 9, 2018 tasking it with the ambitious goal of solving the sector’s problems permanently.

The meeting was also attended by Nandi Governor Stephen Sang, Migori Governor Okoth Obado, Wycliffe Wangamati (Bungoma) and Kisumu Deputy Governor.

Several other political leaders were also present, among them Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula, Seme MP James Nyikal, Tinderet MP Julius Meli, Kanduyi’s Wafula Wamunyinyi, Nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi and nominated Senator Getrude Inimah.

THORNY ISSUE

Mr Oparanya assured the protesting farmers that the task force would relook into the zoning issue.

"Going by the mood in the room, the task force will sit down and relook the matter and make a final ruling on the same," said the Council of Governors chairman who is also the co-task force head alongside Mr Kiunjuri.

This means that the team will have until the end of Sunday to consolidate the draft sugar report before submitting to President Uhuru Kenyatta. The team's term ends on Sunday.

The validation meeting which was held at the Grand Royal Swiss Hotel in Kisumu had been called by the taskforce to take farmers and stakeholders through their findings and recommendations.

REPORT HIGHLIGHTS

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