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Welcome to Chemelil Sugar Company


Chemelil Sugar Company is located along the Awasi-Nandi Hills road in Nyando District of Nyanza province, approximately 50 kms from Kisumu City.

It was established in 1965 as a private limited company and later became a parastatal in 1974. 

When the Company was set up in 1965, it had two major objectives:

  • To produce high quality mill white sugar as part of a national strategy for achieving self-sufficiency in food production; and
  • To contribute towards the integrated  national economic development within Western Kenya.

At that time, the Government adopted an import substitution strategy, which aimed at protection of local industry.

But changes in government’s business policy have necessitated the company to change and reflect a new corporate direction, with the principal objectives focusing on:

  • Efficiency in Production and Service Delivery
  • High Turnover and Returns to Shareholders
  • Profit maximisation
  • Stimulation of Economic Development

The above objectives are being pursued while paying close attention to issues of Environmental management guidelines, good corporate governance and gender rights.



Caption: Chemelil Sugar Company Board of Directors Chairman Mr. Sammy K. Choge (Left) flanked by the firm’s Managing Director (MD) Mr. Charles Apudo Owelle,  makes a welcome address to stakeholders during Privatization Commission Stakeholders Engagement Workshop held at Chemelil Club. Photo By William Kipchirchir


By Bosco Magare

Chemelil Sugar Company Board of Directors Chairman Mr. Sammy K. Choge formally opened and welcomed stakeholders during a Privatization Commission (PC) engagement workshop held at Chemelil Club.

 "The PC Chairman Henry Obwocha and the commission’s leadership, Honourable Members of Parliament (MPs) for Muhoroni and Tinderet, Government Administration Sub-County Commissioners, Kisumu and Nandi county Members of County Assemblies (MCAs), distinguished guests, dear farmers, company board of directors and management, employees, stakeholders, ladies and gentlemen, I take this opportunity to welcome you all to Chemelil Sugar Company Limited,” Choge said.

 The workshop organized by the PC was attended by the Privatization Commission Chairman Hon. Henry Obwocha, Privatization Steering Committee Chairperson Mrs. Patricia Adala and the commission Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Solomon Kitungu.


Caption: Privatization Commission (PC) Chairman Hon. Henry Obwocha (extreme left) introduces the PC Commissioners who include the Privatization Steering Committee Chairperson Mrs. Patricia Adala and commission Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Solomon Kitungu. Photo By William Kipchirchir


Speaking during the workshop Chemelil Sugar Company Chairman Choge said the firm’s board and management were honoured and privileged to host the stakeholders engagement forum.

During the workshop the chairman briefly gave a background of Chemelil Sugar Company.

“Chemelil Sugar Company, one of the country’s leading miller was incorporated on 15th of July, 1965 as a private limited company and became a parastatal in 1974 when the Kenyan Government assumed 95.39 % shareholding and ownership through an aid package by the German Government, “the Chairman said.

The chairman in his parting shot said “the entire Chemelil Sugar Company leadership, stakeholders and fraternity join me to welcome you all to today’s Privatization Commission engagement workshop and wish you all fruitful deliberations during this occasion as we are all resolved to chart a bright future for the local sugar industry.

Highlights the workshop which was guided by Chemelil Sugar Company Managing Director Mr. Charles Apudo Owelle, included  opening remarks by the commission chairman Obwocha,a brief by the Privatization Steering Committee of Mrs. Patricia Adala, an overview of the privatization process and approved recommendations by the commission CEO kitungu,

A presentation on the way forward for the privatization process was made by the transaction advisors Messrs. Julius Ngonga of Ernst & Young and Njoroge Nani Muigai from MMC Advocates.

During the workshop stakeholders gave varied opinions and proposals on the privatization process with leaders from Kisumu and Nandi County led by their MCAs proposing the inclusion of a team of experts from the two counties in the privatization commission in order for stakeholders in the cane growing regions to fully embrace the process.


The workshop concluded with plenary session that raised contentious issues from stakeholders especially the union leaders of unionisable employees with the following as panelists Hon. Obwocha, Kitungu, Ngonga and Muigai.



Caption: Chemelil Outgrowers Company (COC) Mr. Samuel Bonyo who is also a cane farmer and transporter presents his proposals during the privatization commission stakeholders engagement workshop. Photo By William Kipchirchir


By Chairman Public Complaints Committee
The Company Public Complaints Committee encourages employees and stakeholders to use the appropriate complaint form available in this Website to seek resolution and feedback on any issue.
Employees and stakeholders use of the forum and interaction with the same will provide the company with requisite feedback that is vital in enhancing organization service delivery.

 For more information, especially on the procedure of lodging complaints, employees and  stakeholders are requested to visit the Company Public Complaints Committee Secretariat  domiciled in the Management Accountant’s office located on the first floor of the Chemelil Sugar Company Limited’s  Main Administration Block.






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