About 4,500 workers risk losing their jobs after shut down of Kibos Sugar

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The National Environment Management Authority, (Nema) has shut down Kibos Sugar and Allied Industries Ltd (KSAIL) over pollution. The decision has affected the lives of as many as 4500 employees attached to it.

Nema visited the plant on Friday and found that the plant was leading to environmental pollution and immediately ordered to shut the plant. Nema took action after it found that the sugar firm is violating with air quality Regulations of 2014.

Mamo Boru, acting director Nema said, the company was passing untreated effluent from its factories to river Kibos affecting thousands of residents downstream. KSAIL termed the decision as harsh action. Sukwinder Raju, Managing Director of the company said that they are left with no option but to lay off workers.

“Our monthly income is Sh400 to Sh500 monthly. Now with mills closed, we will not be able to pay workers and they will have to go home,” he said.

The order affects all the factories associated with KSAIL that include distillary, paper plant, gas plant and a sugar mill that are run by the same group of Indian investors.

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