Balala says leave Lafarge alone, Kenya

Balala says leave Lafarge alone, Kenya
Published: 15 August 2006

Mvita MP Najib Balala has defended Lafarge Cement Company against claims of monopolistic practices in Kenya.  Mr Balala said the company’s acquisition of shares in the country’s three largest cement manufacturers should not be an issue as long as the company paid taxes and did legitimate business. Lafarge has shares in Bamburi, Athi River and East African Portland Cement Company. 
 
"Let the government leave Lafarge alone. Let Lafarge do what it knows best, and let the government do its job," he said.  The presidential aspirant was speaking at Mwembe Tanganyika in Majengo area of his Mvita constituency during the launch of a Sh19 million drainage and pavement project.  The project to upgrade the neighbourhood is sponsored by Safaricom Foundation, Bamburi Portland Cement and the Mvita Constituency Development.