Former Mumias Sugar workers demand expulsion of Sarrai Group in letter to President Ruto

Former Mumias Sugar workers demand expulsion of Sarrai Group in letter to President Ruto

  • One of their demands in the letter is that the President revokes the award of a 20-year lease to Uganda-based Sarrai Group whom they accused of running down the company instead of reviving it. 

A group of workers who were previously employed at Mumias Sugar Company have written an open letter to President William Ruto urging for a speedy revival of the troubled miller.

One of their demands in the letter is that the President revokes the award of a 20-year lease to Uganda-based Sarrai Group whom they accused of running down the company instead of reviving it. 

“It is for these reasons that former employees of MSC are writing to the President to request him to intervene in the matter of MSC. Revoke the lease awarded to Sarrai Group and order the preservation of all MSC assets pending the outcome of the findings of a commission of inquiry established to find out the best way to revive the company,” they said. 

In the letter signed by officials representing former Mumias workers led by Vitalis Makokha, Patrick Mutimba, Anne Wekhornba and Johnson Shiundu, the workers claim by the time they were edged out of the sugar miller, they had not been paid for 30 months. 

“Form a commission of inquiry to investigate the reasons that led to the collapse of MSC and provide recommendations on best way to revive the company. Order Treasury to settle all salary and pension contribution arrears of former employees of MSC,” the workers demand.

They added:  “We hereby demand that the executive orders issued by yourself to the leaders in Western during your official visit in Kakamega County late last year be implemented forthwith,” they said. 

While in Kakamega County last December, President Ruto promised to get a new investor to revive the troubled miller. 

"The government will clear all outstanding debts of the miller and bring in a new investor under an agreement that he will be remitting Sh100 million monthly to the County Government of Kakamega to improve on standards of education, health and improve the road network," he said. 

Sarrai controversially won 20-year lease tender in December 2021 following a bidding process that saw higher bidders locked out of the investment venture. 

However, in April 2022, High Court judge Justice Alfred Mabeya ordered Sarrai to leave the premises and removed Ponangipali Venkata Ramana Rao as the Administrator of the company. 

Mabeya further appointed Kereto Marima as the new administrator of Mumias Sugar Company and ordered Rao to hand over the company to Marima. 

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