The debate surrounding the Importation of maize from other countries has continued to ignite debate online with leaders from both political sides now joining hands to share their views. In the recent days, the Azimio camp vowed not to allow any Importation of GMO maize into the country where they said it will be a healthy risk and a risk to Kenyan farmers who are working tirelessly to bring the produce to the market.
Led by Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Martha Karua, the leaders threatened to rally Kenyans into the streets to protest against any such move. Also Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei also asked the government not to allow any such import as Kenyans from the Rift Valley region were already in the harvesting season and such imports will affect the prices and lead to losses.
Just the other day, Trade CS Moses Kuria gave farmers 72 hour ultimatum to release tye maize they were hording before the government imports maize. This remarks seems to have caught the attention of Chief Cabinet Secretary Hon Musalia Mudavadi who has asked the Trade CS to keep off the maize debate.
In a statement, Hon Musalia Mudavadi said that the issue of importation of maize into the country is not a responsibility of one man and that the docket lies under the Ministry of Agriculture and not Trade.
"The issue of importation of maize should be guided by the survey by the ministry of Agriculture to find out if there is a deficit of the grains, that is tye policy that must be well electioneered. It's the Agriculture docket that will issue an Importation order by looking at the food situation in the country. Chief CS Mudavadi.
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