County ‘seizes operations’ at troubled Mumias sugar factory
SEE ALSO :Identical twin story takes a new twistThey include the nucleus estate, a water bottling plant and a power generation plant. Other properties on the list include the Booker Academy schools, housing estate, medical centre, recreational centres and a supermarket. Oparanya had on May 7 met the company’s management, including the board led by Chairperson Kenneth Ngumbau, in Nairobi where they decided to cancel the advert. The meeting was attended by 21 people, including creditors owed by the miller. But on Thursday last week, the miller issued a press advert suspending the leasing bid, which didn’t go well with the county government. Oparanya, who is the chair of the Council of Governors, said they wanted a full cancelation of the lease bid.
SEE ALSO :Oparanya case: DPP warned on more delayCounty askaris “We will not allow the directors to secretly sell company properties without consulting us. We are willing to go to court if need be,” said Oparanya. He announced that he will start by installing county askaris at the gate to man the now dormant premises. “From tomorrow I will bring county askaris to man this gate and nothing will go on until the committee we will form to run the miller is consulted in every decision,” said Oparanya. The governor alleged that the miller sold over Sh26 million worth of scrap metal early this year.
SEE ALSO :Sacked policeman demands job back“They are selling sugarcane to other millers and recently sold scrap metals and the proceeds were being recorded anywhere,” said Oparanya. The governor said he will seek a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta and the National Treasury to negotiate a takeover by the Kakamega county government of the 20 per cent stake held by the national government at miller.
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