Kenyans have been relieved after reports emerged that the ship docked at the port of Mombasa does not contain GMO maize like it had been speculated. The CEO of the National Biosafety Authority Roy Mugiira while speaking to Citizen TV in an interview said that the ship was carrying white maize and not GMO and was from the port of Maputo in Mozambique. The maize had been procured by the World Food Programme for an emergency food relief in the country.
"The ship that has been reported to have docked in Mombasa has its origins from the port of Maputo. It is bringing in white maize that has been procured by WFP for purposes of emergency food relief," Mugiira said.
"This is not a trading commodity and it is not GMO. We have verified, we have a certificate of GMO-free cargo that has come through. Any process that will bring in GMO maize will require our approval," he added.
This revelation has left many MPs embarrassed since they had attacked the cabinet Secretary for trade after reports went out that he had unlawfully imported GMOs even before the government approved it. They had even threatened to impeach him for disregarding the health of the people. David Pkosing, the MP for Pokot South on Tuesday lectured the CS by saying he has no authority to import the GMO without consulting relevant bodies and the public.
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