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Karua: GMO decision illegitimate, maize scandal season 2 loading

The Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition has continued to criticize the government of President William Ruto over the importation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOS).

On Wednesday, the Azimio principle and Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua said that the president’s decision in his cabinet meeting with the Cabinet Secretaries of the former administration was illegitimate.

She termed the declaration that lifted the ban on importing GMO products into the country as a roadside declaration.

“Once a president is inaugurated after elections the reign of the outgoing ends and outgoing cabinet dissolved by operation of law. The purported cabinet meetings with Uhuru’s cabinet after inauguration a nullity,” Ms Karua said.

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The party leader who was also the Azimio presidential running mate in the last election, alleged that there could be another maize scandal as the one that was reported during the grand coalition government, where President Ruto served as Agriculture Minister and was linked with the maize scandal.

“Maize, Maize, Maize. Source of daily meal for a majority of Kenyans. To wheeler dealers a get rich quick medium, imported often needlessly at the expense of the local farmer. In the grand coalition government as agriculture minister William Ruto was associated with Maize scandal.”

“We are now set for season two of the Maize scandal …… ships docking with consignment of Maize before rules of importation are known and when local farmers are harvesting”

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Her sentiments come as the debate on the importation of GMO maize rocks the government of President Ruto, with a section of the president’s allies threatening to impeach the trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria.

The MPs from the Rift Valley and Western regions, which produces a huge amount of maize, said that it is ironic for the government to import maize when farmers have their maize in stores waiting for the government to buy from them.

According to the Trade CS, the government campaigned on a pledge to lower the cost of living to ensure no Kenyan dies of hunger, hence the need to import maize, even as it safeguards the interest of farmers.

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