Pan Paper to Re-open in March – Lusaka

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The national government is in the final stages of reviving Pan Paper Mills, Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka has said.

Lusaka said leaders from Western recently held talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta at Kakamega State Lodge and he promised to revive the Webuye-based factory by March next year.

The governor spoke in Muliro Gardens, Webuye town, during a fundraiser for the a pastors’ association.

“We told the President that it is his father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta who gave the people of Western this mill and it will be very sad if it vanishes during his rule,” he said.

The mill was closed in 2008 due to a huge accumulated electricity bill, among other issues.

Lusaka said the mill’s closure has affected Bungoma residents because about 5,000 worked at the factory.

“We have appealed to past governments to help revive the mill so that we can restore normalcy in Webuye town but to date, nothing has been done,” he said.

Lusaka, who is also the New Ford Kenya party chairman, urged leaders from Western to work closely with the national government so that other stalled factories in the region are revived



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