Section of MPs oppose gov’t plans to import GMO maize
number of legislators from the National Assembly and Senate have strongly
opposed the government’s plan to import Genetically Modified (GMO) maize.
Monday, Pokot South MP David
Pkosing asked Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria to immediately stop
the plan to import maize, whether GMO or not.
The MP said that he will petition parliament to
discuss the issue on Tuesday, arguing that the government should instead
purchase maize from Kenyan farmers in the North Rift region.
should not even think of importing even a single bag of maize between now and
February 2023. That's when we will know if there is need to import or not
because all maize will have been collected from farmers,” Pkosing said.
Kimilili counterpart Didmus Barasa is also among legislators who have strongly
opposed the importation of GMO maize, which he has termed as a health hazard.
Wekesa Barasa Mutua, the son of a widow, don’t support the importation of GMO-related
foodstuffs. Will only do this when and or until such a time when we would have equipped
our hospitals with proper disease diagnostic,” he wrote in a tweet.
Senator Samson Cherargei has also strongly opposed the importation of maize, terming
it as an injustice to farmers from the North Rift region.
importation of duty-free maize is not fair to us maize farmers because of its
wrong timing. In the Rift Valley, we are currently harvesting maize now it
shall lower the prices of maize. We shall tomorrow meet Mps of maize growing areas
to develop a sustainable solution on the matter,” Cherargei said.
Town MP Peter Kaluma opposed the importation of GMO maize, claiming that
President William Ruto is allowing it out of pressure from western countries.
William Ruto is under pressure from the West to allow dumping of GMO products
in Kenya! This is a country in Africa sitting along the tropics with arable
fertile soil and enough rain to produce adequate natural food! Reject!” Kaluma
opposition, led by Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga has asked Kenyans
to boycott genetically modified foods until public participation is conducted.
"We ask Kenyans
to oppose this move and to totally reject any GMO foods should they ever enter
the Kenyan market,” Raila said.
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