The retrenched workers at the collapsed Webuye Panpaper Mills in Bungoma County have been given new hope in life following the loss of their jobs for close to two decades ago.
The more than forty Low Cadre staff who live in Chocolate Estate, Webuye Sub-County, have been living under sorry conditions, surviving on menial jobs since the fall of the giant miller.
But while traversing across the region to mingle with the less fortunate during this festive season, the Bungoma County Director for Special Programs Carolyne Buyela pledged to support the neglected group and secure job opportunities for the workers in an upcoming County flagship project.
Bungoma Governor Wyclife Wangamati has promised to set up and Industrial Park in Webuye, aiming to create at least three thousand jobs for the youths within the County.
“I want to thank those that have engaged themselves in doing businesses and menial jobs albeit with low income and assure you that, according to Governor’s promise, they will be the first priority immediately the upcoming Webuye Industrial Park is opened,” said Ms Buyela on Tuesday.
“I also urged the young men and women to desist themselves from engaging in criminal activities, avoid abusing drugs and avoid engaging themselves in actions that are not socially accepted, but instead do whichever job provided it can earn you clean money to sustain yourselves.”
The director assured them that she will not rest until permanent solutions to their cries are met.
Buyela later shared foodstuffs and other goodies with them so that they could also enjoy the Christmas with their families.
The Webuye Paper Mills collapsed more than a ago due to huge unpaid power bills, high costs of operations and cheap paper imports, according to the The Standard Newspaper.
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Since then, efforts to revive the miller have been futile despite being acquired by the Rai Family and re-branded to Rai PanPaper.