National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has dismissed Cord leader Raila Odinga over his claims that bilateral trade agreements between Kenya and Uganda will kill the sugar industry in Kenya.
Speaking at ADC Primary School in Garissa Town on Thursday, the Garissa Township MP told Mr Odinga to stop playing politics with the lives of the people of western Kenya, adding that Kenya has a shortage of sugar and therefore importing it from other countries is inevitable.
As a country we value and respect our neighbours and business partners; we are telling the opposition leader to stop (the) politics of destruction.
“The Jubilee administration will not be distracted by political rhetoric, said he said.
Mr Duale, who was part of the Kenyan delegation that went to Uganda with President Uhuru Kenyatta, said the Jubilee administration had shown that it was committed to reviving Mumias Sugar Company.
Tons and tons of sugar were imported (during) previous governments, including when Raila Odinga was prime minister in the grand coalition government.
Sugar was being imported from Brazil, Zimbabwe, Malawi and other countries.
Our style of doing things in the Jubilee coalition government is different and he should stop playing politics with the lives of Kenyans, he said.
Mr Odinga has strongly criticised trade deals signed between President Kenyatta and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni, warning that they could lead to the collapse of local sugar firms.