Rai family, the empire that decides how sweet your tea is

West Kenya Sugar Company chairman Jaswant Rai (right) and CEO Tejveer Rai.

West Kenya Sugar Company chairman Jaswant Rai (right) and CEO Tejveer Rai.

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What you need to know:

  • The sugar business is an offshoot of the Rai Group, a multi-billion-shilling family business that spreads across East Africa.
  • The family is believed to have had close ties with the ruling elite of the Moi, Kibaki and Kenyatta administrations.
  • West Kenya Sugar Company imported 34 million kilogrammes of sugar last year. but, overall, Raiply-associated businesses imported 187 million kilogrammes
  •  The company also imported more than one million kilos of brown sugar from Mozambique’s Tongaat Hullet

Out of the six easily recognisable members of the Rai family, Mr Tejveer Rai, the Safari rally enthusiast and alumnus of City University, London, is perhaps the most well-known to the public.

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