According to political analyst Herman Manyora, if President William Ruto's government's action—specifically, the debate over the importation of maize—is any indication of the direction the nation will take, he is concerned for the future of the nation.
Manyora thinks it is unfortunate that the government has been "threaten[ing] farmers" with maize imports if they don't stop hoarding the grain through the Trade, Industry, and Investment Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria.
The University of Nairobi lecturer believed that the farmers in the North Rift and Western Region, who are currently harvesting maize, would suffer if maize were imported, according to an interview with Spice FM on Monday morning.
"There is a lack of preparation among the members of the government. How can you give farmers 72 hours to sell their maize? is the question that comes up when people discuss that subject. What places will they sell? What is being harvested right now: how to sell it. We appear to be importing GMOs quickly, which is tragic."
"A firm hand, someone in charge, and both men and women to assist you in running government are necessary when a country is in the situation that we are in. As a Kenyan, I am concerned that the government does not appear to be in charge of the situation and that no one appears to be aware of the dire situation. Take note of what Kuria is saying as Linturi remains mute, Mudavadi makes a different statement, the head of the civil service makes a different statement, and the president is present. They act in a carefree manner "Manyora asked.
Listen to Manyora, from minute 1:05:32.
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More