- The pressure groups demand to know whether they are GMOs or they are indigenous maize
- The group alleges that GMO products pose a health risk to Kenyans, particularly the poor and those with low incomes.
The civil society groups are now raising concerns over the nature of 48,000 tons of white maize that docked in the country over the weekend.
The pressure groups demand to know whether they are GMOs or they are indigenous maize .
November 29th, 2023 High Court suspended the government from importation and distribution of genetically modified Organisms GMOs pending a case filed by Kenya Peasant League.
The court orders, signed by Justice Mugure Thande, barred the government from gazetting any directives regarding GMOs or acting on the Cabinet dispatch that announced the lifting of the ban on GMOs.
The group alleges that GMO products pose a health risk to Kenyans, particularly the poor and those with low incomes.
In an interview with Ghetto Radio News Kenya Peasant League boss David Otieno asked the government to come clear on the matter.
He argues that the court order is still valid and should not be infringed.
“They should or rather make it clear to Kenya because they were stopped by the courts from importing and distributing GMOs in the country ….The Ministry should be on top of this and explain to Kenyans whether they have imported the 4800 tons.
Government is keen in reducing the cost of Unga to address high cost of living.
President William Ruto had pledge reduction to take effect this week with 2kgs of Ungaa to retail at ksh.150.
“By next week, you will begin seeing new prices in maize. The price of unga will go down and we have to ensure that the maize we are importing from other countries does not affect our farmers because they are the ones we depend on here in our country. I am aware the cost of living has risen but on thik, we had agreed that Kenyans must purchase maize flour at better prices,” Ruto noted.
Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Corporate Affairs Manager Bernard Osero said the ship, MV Stellina docked at berth 5 to discharge the maize. Mr. Osero said the maize was ordered by various millers.
“I don’t know if it is the same maize the government promised. The ship arrived from Mozambique and it is discharging at Grain Bulk Handling Limited (GBHL) terminal at berth 5,” he said.
By Allan Otieno