Will Ugandan sugar mogul finally breathe life into ailing Mumias?

Mumias Sugar Company

The entrance to Mumias Sugar Company.

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What you need to know:

  • The Mumias deal effectively puts the multibillion-shilling Kenya and Uganda sugar business in the Rai family.
  • For Sarbi, the Mumias Sugar deal sets the stage for market share war with Jaswant, whose family controls half of the commodity’s sales in Kenya.
  • The cross-border sugar trade deal will be keenly watched given the recent hostilities between Kampala and Nairobi over trade, with sugar topping the list of disagreements.

Uganda-based conglomerate Sarrai Group has been tapped to run Kenya’s biggest but ailing sugar miller in what now puts sugar production in the two countries in the hands of the Rai family.

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