Mumias Sugar Company Limited

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Mumias Sugar Company Limited
Industry Manufacture & Marketing of Sugar
Founded 1971
Headquarters Nairobi & Kakamega County, Kenya
Key people
Dan Ameyo
Coutts Otolo
Managing Director
Products Sugar
Number of employees
1,689 (2014)[1]
Website Homepage

Mumias Sugar Company Limited is a sugar manufacturing company in Kenya, the largest economy in the East African Community. It is the largest sugar manufacturer in Kenya,[2][3] producing about 250,000 metric tonnes (42%) of the estimated 600,000 metric tonnes annual national output.[4]


The company maintains its headquarters in the town of Mumias, in Kakamega County, Western Province of Kenya, near the sugar plantations and factories of the company. Mumias lies approximately 395 kilometres (245 mi), by road, northwest of Nairobi.[5] The company maintains an operations center in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya and the largest city in that country.


Mumias Sugar Company is primarily engaged in the manufacture and sale of sugar. The company grows some sugar cane; its own estates provide up to 7% of its annual output. Its primary source of sugarcane is over 50,000 registered "out growers" with over 400 square kilometres (99,000 acres) under cultivation. It has also piloted the production of a hybrid high-yielding palm oil variety in areas previously thought too cool for commercial cultivation, in collaboration with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).[6] In addition to sugar, the company co-generates 34 Megawatts of electricity. Some of the electric power is used internally and surplus is sold into the nation electricity grid. The company also manufactures 24 million liters of ethanol annually and 20 million liters of distilled water every year.[7]


The company was founded in 1971, with the following shareholding profile: (a) Government of Kenya (71% shareholding) (b) Commonwealth Development Corporation of the United Kingdom (17% shareholding) (c) Kenya Commercial Finance Company (5% shareholding) (d) Booker McConnel (4% shareholding) and (e) East African Development Bank (3% shareholding).[8] The maximum quantity of sugar produced by the company was in 2005, when output amounted to 269,184 metric tonnes.[9]


In 2001, the shares of the company were listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange, where they trade under the symbol MSC. The table below illustrates the shareholding in the company as at September 2014.[10]

Mumias Sugar Company Limited Stock Ownership
Rank Name of Owner Percentage Ownership
1 Government of Kenya 20.0
2 Standard Chartered Nominee Account KE17984 2.31
3 Kenya Commercial Bank 1.72
4 Jubilee Insurance 1.46
5 Abdul Karim Popat 0.94
6 Suresh Varsani 0.60
7 Pradeep Patani 0.59
8 Yana Trading Limited 0.56
9 Ramila Mavji and Harji Mavji Kerai 0.49
10 CfC Stanbic Nominees Account R57601 0.45
11 Other Investors via NSE 70.89
Total 100.00


Dan Ameyo, one of the non-executive directors, serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. The Chief Executive Officer is Errol Johnson.

Recent developments[edit]

Beginning in 2012, the company began experiencing lowered sugar output and deceased profits, initially blamed on "inefficiency".[11] A forensic audit by the audit firm KPMG, found procedural and financial irregularities which top management had hid from the company's Board of Directors, leading to a loss of over KSh:1 billion (approximately US$12 million), by the company.[12] The developments has led to the firing of 52 top managers, including the CEO, CFO, Commercial Director and Company Secretary. The company has asked the government for KSh2.3 billion (approximately US$26 million) in bail-out funds, of which KSh500 million (approximately US$5.6 million) had been advanced, as of the first week of February 2015.[13] Legal proceedings against the major culprits in the scam have begun.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Simon Ciuri, Victor Juma (2 February 2015). "How President Kenyatta Brokered KSh500 Million Mumias Bailout". Business Daily Africa (Nairobi). Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Wachira, Charles (22 October 2014). "Mumias Sugar of Kenya Idles Milling Plant for Annual Maintenance". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Ochiel, Hezron (9 January 2015). "Sugar Prices Expected To Drop As Mumias Resumes Operations". The Standard (Nairobi). Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Wanga, Justus (15 November 2014). "Troubled Mumias Set To Face Shareholders". Daily Nation (Nairobi). Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Road Distance Between Nairobi And Mumias With Interactive Map". Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  6. ^ FAO, . (24 November 2003). "Hybrid Oil Palms Bear Fruit In Western Kenya: FAO Project Improves Incomes And Diets, And May Reduce Imports of Food Oil". Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  7. ^ MSCL, . (2012). "Mumias Sugar Company Limited: Our Products". Mumias Sugar Company Limited (MSCL). Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Overview of Mumias Sugar Company Limited". Mumias Sugar Company Limited. 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Milestones of Mumias Sugar Company Limited". Mumias Sugar Company Limited. 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  10. ^ Mburu, Kinuthia (10 September 2014). "How Mumias Stock Has Seen Investors Lose Billions". Daily Nation Mobile (Nairobi). Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  11. ^ Wahito, Margaret (31 August 2012). "Mumias Profit Drops, Inefficiency To Blame". 98.4 Capital FM (Nairobi). Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  12. ^ Gibendi, Ramenya (10 December 2014). "Top Managers Made Mumias Sugar Lose Over KSh1 Billion, Audit Reveals". Daily Nation Mobile (Nairobi). Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  13. ^ Andae, Gerald (4 February 2015). "Mumias Suspends 52 Top Employees Over Loss of KSh400 Million". Business Daily Africa (Nairobi). Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  14. ^ Kakah, Maureen (3 February 2015). "Mumias Sues Kebati, Three Ex-Bosses In Bid To Recover KSh1.1 Billion". Business Daily Africa (Nairobi). Retrieved 4 February 2015. 

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