In the midst of mixed signals from Mumias Sugar Board and Management, members of the taskforce appointed by H.E. Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya to oversee the revival of Mumias Sugar Company were successfully sworn in today by Kakamega County Attorney, Mr. Moses Sande.

Governor Oparanya this week formed a 12 member committee to oversee the revival of the company, including safeguarding the assets of the firm.

The committee chaired by CECM for Trade, Industrialization and Tourism, Mr. Kassim Were has three key terms of reference as follows:

1. Identify and recommend ways and means of protecting public and community land in the wider Mumias region
2. Identify public assets at risk of vandalism, looting, plunder, stealing or grabbing in the wider Mumias region and recommend ways of protecting them
3. Work collaboratively with the Board of Directors and Management of Mumias Sugar Company to map out and recommend strategies for the revival and operationalization of Mumias Sugar Company Limited, a public asset on the verge of collapse.

During the swearing in ceremony, governor Oparanya was represented by deputy governor, H.E. Prof. Philip Museve Kutima who said the taskforce may coopt up to a maximum of four persons with special expertise or knowledge to assist the taskforce to achieve its mandate. It may also interview any person including government officials, management of Mumias Sugar Company Limited, farmers or farmer organizations and stakeholders in the wider Mumias region.

Governor Oparanya gave the committee 14 working days to complete the task.

The following is the full list of committee members:
Mr. Kassim Were Ali – chairperson
Rocky Omwendo
Charles Odanga
Godliver Omondi
Joel Ongoro Otwoma
Shaban Oteng’o
Amb. James Ochami
Joshua Kutekha
Jeremiah Namunyu
Moses Sande
Vitalis Makokha
Ibrahim Wang’anya
Brenda Barasa
Harry Songa

Joint Secretaries:

Vivian Komwonyo
Wangatia Vincenzio


Alice Ndala
Esther Mogute