Bungoma leaders have threatened to lead cane farmers in demonstrations against the government’s delay to pay their arrears.

Governor Wycliffe Wangamati, Senator Moses Wetang’ula, Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi and his Kimilili counterpart Didmus Barasa faulted President Uhuru Kenyatta for giving farmers empty promises regarding their payments.

The leaders spoke on Saturday at Ndengelwa area in Kanduyi constituency during the funeral of Joshua Wanyonyi.

Wanyonyi a bodaboda rider was shot dead by armed thugs last week in Bungoma town.

While addressing residents last year in Bukhungu Stadium during Mashujaa day, Uhuru said cane farmers will have been paid before Christmas day.

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Wetang’ula said over six million farmers who depend on cane farming are suffering due to the delayed payment by the government.

The Ford Kenya party leader said the government should hand over Nzoia sugar factory to the Bungoma County government.

He promised to lead local leaders next week to Agriculture CS Sammy Kiunjuri to demand the ownership of the factory.

‘We will not let this factory go down as we watch, history will judge us harshly,’ he said.

He said the factory has the biggest nuclear in East Africa totalling to 12,450 acres that some Cornish people in Nairobi are salivating for.

‘Maize farmers in Tongaren in Bungoma are going through the same predicament as prices have drastically gone down even the price that Uhuru said of Sh2,500 is not there, it has gone down to Sh 1,400 per bag,’ he said.

Also read: You shall be paid in due time, Uhuru tells sugar cane farmers

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