In a clear case of trying on shoes too big for your size, Itumbi’s famed Hustler Nation Intelligence Bureau (HNIB) which would walk all over the previous government’s media teams could only stand by and watch helplessly as government defenders contradicted each other in a clumsy rush to defend the government.
It all began after reports surfaced that a ship carrying 10,000 tonnes of imported maize had docking at the port of Mombasa, coming just days after the State said it would open the duty-free window for the produce.
That the consignment was getting to the country even before an official gazette notice is released to legally allow imports, with manifest from the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) showing the consignment is onboard an African Merlin vessel, was a major worry.
In view of this, leading Ruto defender and popular online influencer Gilbert Kiprono took to Twitter to claim that the consignment was part of relief food efforts by the World Food Program and not government efforts. His tweet read,
The maize docked at the port of Mombasa is not even imported maize for sale but rather maize imported by World Food Programme from Singapore for free distribution to famine stricken areas in Kenya. Misinformation does really spread quickly.
However, observant tweeps quickly noted the inconsistency between this version and an earlier version by another bigwig UDA defender Ahmednasir Abdullahi when responding to professor Makau Mutua, who had wrote,
So CS @HonMoses_Kuria announces the state will allow the importation of 10 million bags of GMO maize. In one week — even before a gazette notice is published — ships with GMO maize dock in Mombasa. Cartels in cahoots with the state at work.
To this, the Grand Mullah wrote,
Ahmednasir Abdullahi SC
Replying to @makaumutua and @HonMoses_Kuria The Govt of Kenya bought the maize from the Government of South Africa. Deal done when President Ramaphosa was last in Nairobi. But still you are raising a very valid question…this is what Kenyans expect the opposition to do…check, question and advice on best practice…
Kiprono went silent, seemingly unable to answer about the inconsistency.
Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria who made the announcement about the consignment last week yesterday said the gazette notice will be out this week.
Mr Kuria said traders will be allowed to import genetically modified maize and conventional grain.
KPA said the maize docking was white but could not give the details of where it is coming from, who is importing it and whether it is genetically modified or not.
“We will check for you (the details) once the manifest is confirmed through customs tomorrow (today),” said KPA corporate communications office.
The previous duty-free import window had been opened in June closed on November 1. However, millers and traders were unable to ship in the produce on the back of existing high international prices.
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