Jaswant Rai must be a happy man to have captured the sugar industry and sit atop the mafia empire.
Just like in illicit drugs business, Mr. Rai managed, through the help of the criminal Kenyan elite – mostly in politics, to con the Kenyan public sugar millers in western Kenya out business. The methods he used, in short, are conniving, bribery, coercion, threats and even ‘death’.
One of the most talked-about failures is the Mumias Sugar Company (MSC).
Jaswant Rai is not a business man but a crook out to kill Kenyans with poisoned sugar, most of which is imported laced with harmful chemicals that none of his factories is able to re-process. He lies that he processess those sugars to make them fit for human consumption.
Jaswant Rai killed Mumias Sugar Company mostly through cane poaching; and now unemployment is ravaging throught this region and gang violence is at an all time high.
Why cant these oppressed youths that join gangs for once use their head and do as it is enshrined in Article 37 of the constitution which provides for freedom of peaceful assembly and states that ‘every person has the right, peaceably and unarmed, to assemble, to demonstrate, to picket, and to present petitions to public authorities’?.
Mumias sugar has laid off all of its contract employees who were around 700 in total since it stopped operations last year in April.
Beside that there has been panic resignations by the permanent employees whose numbers have reduced from 700 to around 300.
Remember by last year December, the company had not paid its workers for 17 months, not remitted statutory deductions and others such as HELB, sacco loan/share deductions and insurance premiums.
As things stand, the company has lost some of its most vital and core staff; moreso in factory department, most of whom left for greener pastures or just resigned to access the little they had saved in the pension schemes.
Mumias town and other satellite towns are literally dead as the main economic backbone of this area is cane-farming.
Nonetheless, local leaders like Washiali, Murunga, former Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa and Naicca don’t care about the situation but only compete in who shouts the loudest in their Tangatanga or Kieleweke nonsense.
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