Workers at Kibos Sugar factory and sugarcane farmers have staged protests along the streets of Kisumu over the closure of the factory last week.
The workers matched to the offices of the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) as they alleged politics in the closure of the private sugar mill.
On Friday, Nema ordered the immediate closure of Kibos Sugar after accusing it for violating air quality regulations.
Nema Director General Mamo Boru Mamo said the decision was taken after the authority undertook an air quality monitoring from December 17 to 21, 2019.
“The results showed that there was high concentration of particulate matter which goes against air quality regulations of 2014,” he said.
The farmers have appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga to intervene.
“We are asking the President to hear our cry as farmers and order the reopening of Kibos Sugar Factory,” said Mr Otieno.