Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga will open the Busia Sugar Factory at Busibwabo in Matayos Sub County on November 26, 2018, Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaaamong has said.
Speaking during a fundraiser to aid in constructing St Peter’s Amaase Catholic Church Sunday October 28, 2018, Governor Ojaamong said that all plans to have the company operationalized had been completed; a move he added will create jobs and other opportunities to local residents.
“Farmers will get money from the sale of their cane, companies dealing in fuel will get market for their products while county residents will also benefit from economies of scale,” he said.
Raila confirmed his attendance in a letter signed by his chief of Staff Andrew Mondoh on October 23, 2018 addressed to the Governor.
The letter read in part: I wish to inform you that Hon. Raila Odinga, EGH has accepted an invitation by Hon. Florence Mutua and Mr. Ali Taib to officially open the Busia Sugar Factory for milling on 26 November, 2018 at Busibwabo at 10am.
Legal battles have seen the factory remain closed for over five years. The Governor and other leaders made frantic efforts to have the matter end and which has now come to pass.
H.E. Ojaamong said the factory which will crash over 3500 metric tons of cane per day will employ about to 3386 people, 86 of whom will be permanent.
Amani National Congress Leader Musalia Mudavadi who presided over the funds drive lauded the move to have the factory opened.
Mudavadi said the only way to end the disease that is ailing the sugar industry in the country is for the President to institute a judicial commission of inquiry and not the task force.
“The task force won’t nab perpetrators of illegal sugar and maize imports. Only the Judicial Commission of inquiry can unravel this mystery,” he said.