"Bora uhai, siasa baadaye!" -CS Kuria says as Karua sees 'Maize Scandal Season 2'

for Tv47 Digital November 23, 2022, 02:40 PM
Moses Kuria and Martha Karua on GMO foods
Trade CS Moses Kuria (left) and Narc Kenya Party leader Martha Karua. The latter says the Kenya is looking into a maize scandal season 2. PHOTO/COURTESY

In Summary

  • Narc Kenya Party leader Martha Karua says the manner in which the Kenya Kwanza government has handled the whole process of GMO foods and maize importation is suspect.

  • "Maize, Maize, Maize. Source of daily meal for a majority of Kenyans. To wheeler dealers a get rich quick medium, imported often needlessly at the expense of the local farmer," she says.

We are set for season two of the maize scandal, Narc Kenya Party Leader Martha Karua now says.

Taking to her Twitter account on Wednesday, November 23, Karua waded into the debate on allowing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) foods in the country, and the decision by Kenya Kwanza government to import 10 million bags of GMO maize.

Karua rues that although maize is the staple food for Kenyans, it has become a "get rich quick" scheme for cartels operating in the country's agriculture sector. She does not see the need why government has resorted to importing the grain, at a time when local farmers are harvesting their bumper harvests.

"Maize, Maize, Maize. Source of daily meal for a majority of Kenyans. To wheeler dealers a get rich quick medium, imported often needlessly at the expense of the local farmer. In the grand coalition government as agriculture minister William Ruto was associated with Maize scandal," Karua tweets.

Immediately after taking over from Uhuru Kenyatta, President William Ruto said that the Cabinet had approved the importation of GMO foods into the country.

Last week, Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria revealed that he will be releasing a gazette notice that will dictate how traders will be allowed to import the 10 million bags of GMO maize in the course of this week.

But according to Karua, the manner in which the whole process has been handled is suspect.

"To add in the mix is purported cabinet approval for GMO products to enter the country. Once a president is inaugurated after elections the reign of the outgoing ends and outgoing cabinet dissolved by operation of law. The purported cabinet meetings with Uhuru’s cabinet after inauguration a nullity.

"Decision on GMO is no more than a roadside declaration and therefore illegitimate," Karua adds.

'Bullish' CS Kuria

CS Kuria has however insisted that lifting a ban on GMO products is in tandem with Kenya Kwanza's campaign pledge of lowering the cost of living and food prices.

"The nation debate on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) The Government campaigned on a pledge to Lower the cost of living and ensure no Kenyan dies of hunger. This is our unanimous and collective primary duty and an irreducible minimum. We will do exactly that even as we safeguard the interest of farmers. Bora uhai, siasa baadaye!" He says.

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