Kenyan farmers demand clearing of arrears worth Sh560 million before leasing Sony Sugar company

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Sugarcane farmers have raised voice against the leasing out of the cash-strapped Sony Sugar Company demanding to clear their pending cane arrears before initiating the leasing process.

The farmers have stated that the company owes Sh560 million to the farmers and the government should take responsibility for the payment.

The Government has already initiated the process to lease out five state-owned sugar companies and Sony sugar is one of them. The other mills are Miwani (under receivership), Muhoroni (under receivership), Chemilil and Nzoia.

Last week, Kenya Union of Sugarcane Plantation and Allied Workers moved to court demanding halting the process as these mills owe salaries over Sh5 billion to the workers.

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has requested the workers to withdraw the case filed before the Employment and Labour Relations Court to smoothen the leasing process.

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