COURT SUSPENDS IMPORTATION OF DUTY FREE SUGAR.

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Sugar at port of Mombasa.

BY SAM ALFAN.

The High Court has stopped importation of duty free sugar.

This gives local sugar millers a lifeline to sell their stock pending hearing and determination of the suit.

Activist Okiya Omtatah challenged the duty free waiver issued by National Treasury on October 4 allowing millers to import sugar into the country.

Mr Omtatah says the waiver is arbitrarily imposed without public participation involving all stakeholders including the affected local sugar industry.

Imported sugar has been retailing at a lower price than locally produced.

Currently the wholesale price for imported sugar is averaging Sh3,600 per 50 kilogram bag whereas factory price for local manufacturers is between Sh4,000 and Sh4,400.

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