Mumias Sugar Company Owes Busia County Shs 70 million in Cess arrears
Mumias Sugar Company owes the Busia County Government over Shs.70 million in Cess arrears since the inception of county governments in 2013.
Teso North Sub County Revenue Officer Theophilas Chitechi revealed Monday during a County Revenue Enhancement Strategy workshop at a
Hotel in Amagoro.
He said the company had shown no signs of clearing the debt hence the county authorities should intervene urgently as the outstanding debt
is significantly affecting the budget.
“The last time the company made a down payment of Shs. 3million was in 2014 after Governor Sospeter Ojaamong wrote to its management.
“We are appealing to our governor once again to make a communication to the management of the sugar company so that it can clear the debt
despite the financial challenges bedeviling it,” Chitechi said.
The County Executive Committee Member for Finance Leonard Obimbira told the workshop that it has not been easy for the county government
to recover the debt from the sugar company.
“We hope to open a new chapter and begin talks with the sugar company to harmonise the relationship between the two institutions,” he said
adding that the county administration would have preferred to recover everything first and begin on a clean sheet.
By Melechezedeck Ejakait