Senior Mumias Sugar Company Manager Shot Dead At Home
A senior legal manager with Mumias Sugar Company was Sunday night shot dead at his home In Matungu, Kakamega.
Ronald Joseph Lubya was killed in cold blood with a single gunshot to the head by three gunmen who attacked at around 10.30 pm.
According to the police, the gunmen were demanding documents and cash before killing Lubya who had his wife by his side. The wife sustained minor injuries with the criminals getting away with household goods and the family vehicle, a Toyota Harrier, which they escaped in.
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Lubya had apparently received a call and got out of his house where he was confronted by the three gunmen who shot him and dragged him into the house.
Western police commander Moses Ombati commented on the incident saying:
“We don’t know the motive but we have a team on the ground looking for them. He died on arrival at hospital while the wife is in a stable [condition] in hospital.”
Lubya had reported to the company’s security that his life was in danger. He told police some people wanted to harm or kill him over company transactions and that they were demanding money that was non-existent. Detectives from Mumias DCI visited the scene
The murder comes barely a month after Mumias Sugar Company was shut down indefinitely following financial crisis with some politicians claiming that there were plans to loot the company.
Before that, the Miller had been shut for three months for maintenance after it received KSh 239 million from the government as part of its bailout strategy.
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The company reported a half-year net loss of KSh 2.92 billion for the period to December 2016, an 87.07 percent dip compared to KSh 1.56 billion the previous year.
Kenya produces 600,000 metric tons (MT) of sugar per year against a demand of 870,00 MT. This deficit is usually filled by controlled importation from Comesa countries but a ravaging drought in Africa has created a huge shortfall.