Troubled Mumias Sugar appoints new CEO

The appointment comes in the wake of misfortunes that have recently rocked the sugar miller.

Troubled sugar miller Mumias Sugar Company have appointed Josephat Asira as the firm’s new acting CEO.

The appointment will see Mr. Asira take over from Errol Johnson whose two-year term is due to end this month.

Engineer Josephat Asira previously served as the company’s Chief Factory Operations Officer and boasts of over 24 years of experience in factory operations having joined Mumias Sugar Company in Factory Department as a management trainee in 1991.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nairobi, Industrial Control Engineering Technology Diploma from ICS/ICEX Australia and a Diploma in Cane Sugar Technology from Robert Antoine Sugar Training Centre in Mauritius.

His appointment comes in the wake of misfortunes that have faced the cash-strapped sugar company which is currently undergoing maintenance.

Early last month, Mumias sought a Sh3.14 billion bailout from the government to help revive its operations. This even despite having received Sh3.1 billion from the Treasury in the last two years.

Meanwhile, a senior Mumias Sugar official was on Monday shot dead by unknown gunmen at his home in Kakamega.

The killing has turned into a murky war of words between the NASA and Jubilee parties with the NASA flagbearer Raila Odinga claiming that the manager was shot dead for refusing to sign a deal for the illegal importation of sugar from Sudan through Uganda.

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