The GMO discussion has led to a section of legislators, led by Pokot South MP David Pkosing and Nandi Senator Samson Cherargai, to start collecting signatures on Wednesday, November 23, to impeach Moses Kuria as the Cabinet Secretary for Trade and Industrialization after his firm stand on the importation of the duty-free produce.
Addressing the media at the parliament building, MP Pkosing said farmers are currently in the harvest season in the entire Rift Valley and the government’s plan to allow importation of GMO maize is demoralizing them.
Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei, on his side, said that several bags of GMO maize had already been imported into the country, awaiting the process of allowing the maize into Kenya saying they will not accept killing farmers the way the sugar sector was killed in the previous regimes.
Around 4.2 million Kenyans, especially in pastoralist areas, are facing hunger due to severe drought that has persisted for months this year leading to food shortage.
Mike Musungu is a reporter at Radio Simba in Bungoma and a correspondent of Trans Nzoia County for the Western Kenya Times.