Kenya’s military remodels Kenya Meat Commission’s plant, eyes export market

KENYA – The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, has re-opened the refurbished meat processing plant of the state-owned Kenya Meat Commission, located in Athi River. The reopening comes months after the President fully transferred the management of the commission from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries to the Ministry of Defence. The transfer mandated the KDF to redesign the infrastructure of the commission with a view of making it more viable to meet food challenges in the county. To this end, the military pumped in funds to revive the…

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Kenya Defence Forces rallies for exemption of state-owned meat processor KMC from privatization list

KENYA – The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) through the Ministry of Defence has written to the Privatisation Commission to exempt the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) from the list of State-owned enterprises that Cabinet has approved for sale. According to reports by The East Africa, the Privatisation Commission which was brought into being by the Privatisation Act (2005) was mandated to sell of 26 poorly performing parastatals to strategic investors to reduce their reliance on the exchequer. The sale of state-owned enterprises was also expected to mobilise resources and support the…

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Kenya Meat Commission pays off debts worth US$2.2m months after ministerial transfer

KENYA – State-owned meat processor Kenya Meat Commission has started to make a turn round in its operation since its transfer from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries to the Ministry of Defence. According to Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, KMC has met the bulk of its debts owed to livestock farmers and other suppliers since the military takeover, with so far clearing Ksh250 million (US$2.2m) worth of debts. A further Ksh150 million (US$1.37m) has been allocated to offset the balance of other general suppliers in this financial year.…

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