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Court Makes a Powerful Announcement On GMOs

by Paul Mbogga
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The debate on Genetic Modified Organisms (GMOs) caused an uproar on social media in the last couple of days after the government insisted to initiate the importation.

The Cabinet Secretary serving in the Ministry of Trade, Investment, and Industry Moses Kuria maintained the product is harmless and should be imported to enhance food security in the country.

On the other hand, several leaders from the Rift Valley region and other parts of the country joined the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance led by former prime minister Raila Odinga to oppose the exercise.

Consequently, there has been a lengthy disagreement between the two sides and the Court has reacted to the matter. From the reports, the Judiciary noted that the case hearing of the matter will be held on the 15th of December 2022.

The case will be between the two parties supporting and opposing the product.

Meanwhile, A heated debate took place on the floor of the National Assembly after parliamentarians from the North Rift opposed the government’s decision to import maize. The lawmakers argued that it is unfair for government to import maize when farmers in the North Rift are harvesting.

The National Assembly Majority Leader, Kimani Ichung’wa, said that most farmers in the area hoard maize and are unwilling to sell to the government hoping that the prices will shoot.

Ichung’wa added, that if the hoarding continues, the government will have no other option than importing extra maize from overseas. The Kikuyu lawmaker said that the farmers should let the laws of supply and demand play.
This argument by Ichung’wa rattled Kimilili member of parliament, Didmus Barasa, who said that his sentiments were unfortunate. Barasa accused Ichung’wa of arguing from a point of lack of information.

The lawmaker said that the farmers have enough maize but the government is yet to open the NCPB stores, for the farmers to sell their produce. The UDA MP described Ruto’s government as a naked administration which has started to lose touch with the ground.

“When I hear people like Ichung’wa saying that the farmers are hoarding maize, I feel like crying. This government is naked. Ichung’wa is arguing from a point of lack of information. Farmers have enough maize but the government is yet to open it’s stores for the farmers to sell their produce,” alluded Barasa.

There have been a sharp divide between UDA politicians from the Rift Valley and their counterparts from other regions. Some lawmakers from Ruto’s Rift Valley have threatened to begin the process of impeaching the Trade Cabinet Secretary, Moses Kuria.

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