The Star (Nairobi)

7 January 2014

Kenya: Dairy Farmers Demand Back New KCC

Dairy farmers in Rift Valley have revived their push to reclaim the ownership of the New Kenya Co-operative Creameries Ltd. They want the government to terminate all plans to privatize the dairy firm and instead unconditionally hand over the company to them.

Leading dairy farmers met in Eldoret yesterday during a general meeting of the Chepkatet Co-operative Society where they vowed not to allow the government to sell New KCC. "KCC belongs to farmers and the government should find ways of giving them back the dairy company instead of selling it to other people," said former Nominated MP Mark Too.

Too said dairy farmers had invested a lot in KCC before it collapsed during the Kanu regime and the government should not ignore requests from the farmers to hand it back. The government paid Sh 547 million to take back the company from private individuals who were running the firm during President Kibaki's regime.

Kernya Farmers Association chairman Kipkorir Menjo said the company had been paying the government dividends every year since it was revived which by now should have been cleared.

"The government should now relinquish all the 100 percent shares in KCC to farmers so that the farmers can negotiate and plan on who else to involve in its operations," said Menjo.

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