Kibos Sugar and Allied Industries Ltd in Kisumu has been shut down indefinitely following a crackdown carried out by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) over alleged environmental pollution.
Speaking to a local media shortly after the order was issued, the Company Managing Director Mr Sukwinder Raju announced that they had no other choice but to close the factory and dismiss all its employees.
“We can’t keep the workers now and accumulate monthly wage bill which we will not pay, thus attracting serious industrial litigation,” the MD revealed
“We make between Ksh 400 to 500 million in a month. If the factories are closed, it means we will have no money to pay the worker and so they have to go home.
However, NEMA acting Director General Mamo Boru, claimed that violation of air quality regulations was a serious offence, adding that the factory was passing untreated effluent into River Kibos.