Troubled Miller, Mumias Sugar Company is expected resume operations on Friday 20 months after the company halted its operation. This was after power supply was reconnected to the factory.
Ponangipalli Venketa Ramana Rao, the receiver manager appointed by KCB to oversee revival of the miller, said on Wednesday that a team from Kenya Power had visited the factory to inspect transformers before reconnecting its electricity supply.
The miller is currently buying bagasse and molasses from the privately-run Butali Sugar Mills to start production and generate revenue for buying raw material from farmers.
“We are set to start ethanol production by Friday as we finalise plans to resume milling operations. Everything is so far moving according to plan,” confirmed Mr. Ponangapalli Venkata Ramana Ra
The miller’s operations were halted 20 months ago due to a shortage of raw material and dilapidated machinery and thus the miller’s resuming operation gives hope to the sugar farmers, their dependents and the Western region as a whole which has been affected in one way or the other as a result of the firm’s closure.
The miller has seen its operation politicized with leaders, mainly MPs allied to Deputy President William Ruto planning processions from the five sub-counties that neighbour Mumias Sugar Company to protest over the collapse of the giant miller, which was the region’s economic lifeline. The peaceful protests was later cancelled by the police citing a likelihood of violence.
The financially struggling giant miller sacked all its employees after the firm went into receivership under the Kenya Commercial Bank.