President William Ruto's decision to lift the ban on GMOs has received a major boost from section of Kirinyaga leaders, who said that having the genetically modified foods will help in curbing starvation and reducing the high cost of living.
Ruto lifted the ban last year, a decision that has been criticized and praised in equal measure, with political leaders from the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance camp led by Raila Odinga criticizing the president, saying that GMOs are not fit for human consumption, and that the president ought to have conducted public participation before lifting the ban.
In his Thursday's round-table meeting with the members of the press, Ruto defended GMOs saying that there is no evidence to show that GMOs are not good for human consumption, and that those who are claiming that women will grown beard, or people will grow extra limbs if they consume GMOs is just propaganda.
The Kirinyaga Leaders said, "Would you have our people consume GMOs until we get our harvest, or you leave them to perish just like we have seen in some parts of this country. We said that we want a serious opposition, but when it comes to food, please keep off completely," said one of the leaders.
Another one added, "The foods the government wants to bring to Kenya is not meant to harm us, it is made to ensure that every Kenyan has access to enough food."
Ruto in his remarks said that he would not make a decision that would harm the lives of Kenyans who supported his presidential bid, further assuring farmers with maize that the produce will be bought even when the imported maize arrives in the country.
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