West Kenya gets order to block licensing of Busia Sugar
Busia Sugar Industries is embroiled in a fresh legal battle after bitter rival West Kenya Sugar Company obtained a court order to stop the regulator from issuing the firm with a sugar processing licence, putting on hold its Sh1.3 billion investment.
West Kenya obtained a court order from Nairobi High Court suspending the process initiated by the Agricultural and Food Authority calling for public views on licensing of Busia Sugar Industries.
West Kenya claimed that Busia Sugar had not obtained a new environment impact assessment licence after the previous one was suspended by the High Court in 2016.
“That… a conservatory order be and is hereby issued to stay the first respondent’s gazette notice no.2196 dated March 9, 2018 concerning the proposal to grant a sugar milling licence to the 4th respondent (Busia Sugar),” reads an order issued by Justice W. A.Okwany.
Busia Sugar on Monday filed an application seeking to lift the orders.