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Dear Prof Nyong’o, let Kibos do the right thing

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The issue of Kibos sugar and allied industries limited (KSAIL) has featured yet again. Last time, it was shutdown by NEMA due to its continuous discharge of untreated waste to river Kibos that has led to lose of lives and that of the aquatic ecosystem. But this time it is the visit of the Kisumu county Governor who visited the plant to protect them.

It is true that Kibos Sugar is one factory that has the biggest investment in the entire lake region.

It is equally true that over 500 jobs are at stake if the plant relocates or fully shutdown it’s operations. We know what the plant does with molasses, bagasse and filter mud when it comes to value addition through the Kibos Sugar Refineries Limited, Kibos Distillers Limited, Kibos Paper Packaging Limited and Kibos Fertilizers Limited.

However, it appears cheap to defend the KSAIL for little penny and bags of Sugar from Raju as was the case yesterday when good professor visited the plant. It is foolhardy to claim that the factory has constructed lagoon for treatment of affluents and that cries from the locals are just but mere propaganda at a time locals have raised complains.

“The Industry which has a well constructed lagoon for treatment of affluents contrary from the daily propaganda on pollution of Kibos River has been operating in a hostile business environment due to bad politics and incitement from local leaders.

“Leaders from this region are urged to strive and propagate politics of development, this is the only way that we will create jobs and business opportunities for our people”

Prof Nyong’o, the wellbeing of the millions of residents of Kisumu and neighbouring counties should not be put at risk because some five hundred people are on salary from KSAIL. Thousands of people who are consuming daily the contaminants, pollution, the effluents released on river Kibos from the factory should bother you more. What stopped you from visiting River Kibos at the bridge meters away from the plant and see the real pollution? The people of Kisumu support development and investors but they have to be responsible on pollution.

Losing lives at the expense of money? KSAIL have a moral duty like all of us to protect our waterways and rivers for the future of our children and grandchildren.

The kind of impunity kibos sugar has portrayed on matters environmental pollution, they need a serious environment audit.

Not once, twice but several times has the plant been shutdown by NEMA. Instead of ensuring that they adhere to stringent environmental rules, you protect them because of the bribes. Let KSAIL find another way to dispose the effluent but not to river Kibos.

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