By Isabella Maua
Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka has called for proper working leadership structures in the wake of the ailing sugar sector in the country.
Speaking during the Lake Region Economic Bloc Sugar Conference 2023 at Masinde Muliro University in Kakamega County, Lusaka noted that the problems bedevilling sugarcane farmers and the sugar industry can be solved through stiff regulatory frameworks and well-defined administrative structures.
“The gains and pains of the sugar industry start and stop at leadership. We need to set up management standards to enhance accountability and operations,” he said.
Lusaka further pointed out sugar barons and rogue leadership as major contributors to the collapse of state-owned sugar mills.
National Assembly Speaker, Rt.Hon. Dr. Moses Wetang’ula, Governors: Anyang Nyong’o, LREB Chairperson (Kisumu), Fernandez Barasa (Kakamega), Paul Otuoma (Busia), Dr. Juma Mukhwana (PS, Industrialization), Senators, Deputy Governors, MPS, MCAs, and Head of Parastatals, among others graced the occasion.
Lusaka, in his capacity as the Vice Chair of LREB, lauded the ongoing sugar stakeholders forum, expressing optimism in the stakeholders review taskforce report, saying that if well implemented, it will revitalise the sugar sector in the entire region.