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I am asking President Ruto to cancel GMO products – George Wajackoyah

By Wangu Kanuri November 26th, 2022 2 min read

Roots Party leader Professor George Wajackoyah, has asked President William Ruto to stipulate how genetically modified maize arrived in the country.

Genetically modified foods have been an ongoing debate after the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Trade and Industrialization Moses Kuria shared that the first shipment would be docking early this week even before the gazette notice.

However, Wajackoyah seems to take harsh stance on the Head of State following the importation saying, “You have not told us how you are bringing in the GMOs, whom the tenders went to, the pricing and profit that is going to be made from it.”

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Further advising Kenyans not to buy the maize, Wajackoyah said, “Unless our farmers have sold their produce or we can easily import maize from Uganda or Zambia it is in plenty.”

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Kuria, a former Gatundu South lawmaker, while supporting bringing GMO foods, had earlier suggested that it would alleviate hunger that had been languishing Kenyans in various parts of the country.

Additionally, he shared that GMOs should be added to the list of the hotbed of causes that could kill Kenyans.

While addressing traders, the controversial politician said, “We have so many things that can kill us in the country. Being in this country, you are a candidate for death. And because so many things compete for death, there is nothing wrong with adding GMOs to that list. That is why we have deliberately allowed GMO until we are satisfied that we have enough maize, the staple food.”

These sentiments, coupled with his push for GMO, made Parliamentarians collect signatures in a bid to impeach him.

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The MPs resolved to start the process of removing Mr Kuria before they break for Christmas.

They warned government agencies, including the Kenya National Trading Corporation (KNTC) and Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs), against clearing imports without a gazette notice, saying they would hold to account any person who will allow offloading of the 10,000 tonnes of imported maize.

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