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Make details on sugar deal public

By Dr. Njenga, Solomon | August 14th 2015

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni have signed a deal that is postulated to steer economic growth between Kenya and Uganda.

Nevertheless, it’s prudent for the Kenyan government to make the trade agreement between the two countries public. This is because Kenyans need to know the nitty-gritty of the agreement.

Making the pact public will also allow Kenyans to scrutinise whether the deal was meant to benefit a few or it was meant to promote genuine business.

Already, some Kenyans have started grumbling. And it’s their right to do so because the Government must go beyond personal benefits to the benefit of all Kenyans.

The signing of the deal that allows cheap sugar to be imported into Kenya is ill-advised since Kenyans were short-changed. It’s a mockery to sugar farmers in Western region. Despite the Government pumping Sh1 billion to revive Mumias Company, the same government seems to have eroded the same efforts by allowing other cheap players into the already crippling market.

Making the deal public will enhance transparency, accountability and also will enhance good governance.

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