Samson Cherargei, a senator from Nandi County, has been one of the most vocal opponents of the claimed cabinet decision to permit the importation of 10 million bags of maize to fill a gap in the present market.
However, Samson had the last laugh today after president William Ruto's cabinet decided to delay maize imports until February 2019 in order to give Kenyan farmers' corn priority. The cabinet determined that importation would only take place to fill the gap in the supply of maize created by the sale of local farmers' produce.Senator Samson thanked President William Ruto and Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture Linturi in a statement for stopping the importation of maize.
"We are grateful to His Excellency William Ruto CS Mithika Linturi for hearing the concerns of our maize farmers and halting the importation of 10 million bags of duty-free maize through the end of February 2023 so that local farmers could deliver their crops to the National Cereals and Produce Board and other retailers. Ni Kazi Kazi, "On his official social media account, he posted.
With several lawmakers backed by President William Ruto openly opposing the importation of maize into the nation, the issue had the potential to split the Kwanza coalition, which is currently in power in Kenya.
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