Three thoughts on Nzoia Sugar Company ~ Nabiswa Brian

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Nabiswa Brian, CPA Financial Consultant
MY FIRST THOUGHT ON NZOIA SUGAR COMPANY
Privatizing Nzoia Sugar in Bungoma holds potential benefits for residents. Private management often brings efficiency, streamlined operations, and investment, leading to increased productivity. This could result in improved job opportunities, enhanced infrastructure, and overall economic growth for the region. Private entities tend to focus on innovation and market competitiveness, potentially elevating Nzoia Sugar’s quality and market presence. Additionally, private ownership may attract strategic partnerships and investments, creating a positive ripple effect on the local economy. While privatization should be approached cautiously, if managed transparently and responsibly, it has the potential to positively impact Bungoma’s socioeconomic landscape.
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MY SECOND THOUGHT ON NZOIA SUGAR COMPANY.
Politicians in Bungoma seem to prioritize political maneuvering around Nzoia Sugar rather than actively mobilizing funds for its full revival. The residents of Bungoma are primarily concerned about securing jobs, fair payment for their sugarcane, community services derived from the factory, and attracting additional investments. An idle factory serves little purpose to the community, emphasizing the need for proactive measures to revive Nzoia Sugar Company. Politicians should shift their focus towards fostering a privatized and operational entity, recognizing that a functioning sugar company aligns more closely with the fundamental needs and aspirations of the people in Bungoma. By redirecting efforts from political posturing to practical initiatives, they inn can contribute significantly to economic growth, employment opportunities, and the overall well-being of the local population.
MY THIRD THOUGHT ON NZOIA SUGAR COMPANY
In a disappointing chapter of Bungoma’s economic history, leaders like Eugene Wamalwa and Mukhisa Kituyi, who once held ministerial positions while Nzoia Sugar Company faced a slow demise, find themselves at the center of criticism. Their tenure should have been marked by strategic interventions to salvage the once-thriving sugar enterprise. Unfortunately, their leadership failed to secure the survival of Nzoia Sugar Company during a critical period.
Wafula Wamunyinyi, then the area MP where Nzoia Sugar is situated, also bears responsibility for the neglect of a vital economic asset. As a representative of the people in the vicinity of the sugar company, his advocacy for the plant’s revitalization was expected, yet it remained notably absent.
Adding to the irony, these leaders, who once had the power to make impactful decisions, are now leading the charge against efforts to revive Nzoia Sugar. Their shift from passive neglect to active opposition raises questions about their commitment to the region’s economic prosperity.
Bungoma deserves leaders who prioritize the interests of the people over political posturing. The failure of these individuals to safeguard Nzoia Sugar Company during their tenure, coupled with their current resistance to revival efforts, highlights the urgent need for accountable and responsible leadership in the region.

~ Nabiswa Brian ~

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