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‘Is someone forcing Ruto to import GMO maize?’ – Olekina reads malice

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022 09:19 | By
Olekina: I am convinced Ruto does not want GMO in Kenya
Narok Senator Ledama Olekina. PHOTO/Courtesy.

Narok Senator Ledama Olekina suspects President William Ruto is being forced to allow GMO maize to be imported into the country while he himself is opposed to it.

The Narok Senator, who is allied to the opposition party Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), said he was convinced Ruto was opposed to GMO because of how the President's own allies from his Rift Valley backyard are opposing the importation of the genetically modified grain.

Olekina further wondered if someone could be arm-twisting Ruto to allow the importation of GMO maize.

"I thought the UDA Boss had all his ducks in a row? The headlines?? With my friend Samson Cherargei
leading a press conference against the importation of GMO Maize, I am now convinced that even President William Ruto does not want GMO in the country. Is he being forced by someone?" Olekina tweeted.

UDA MPs oppose GMO

Olekina's statement came after a section of Members of Parliament (MPs) allied with the ruling United Democratic Alliance (UDA) mooted a plan to impeach Trade, Investment and Industry Cabinet Secretary (CS) Moses Kuria over the importation of GMO maize.

Addressing the media on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, the lawmakers led by Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei protested the importation of maize, demanding that the Trade Ministry halts the process immediately.

"As MPs from maize-producing regions, we seek to know the reason as to why ships are already docking in Mombasa Port without the laid out legal procedures," Cherargei said.

Pokot South MP David Pkosing vowed that Kuria will be the first CS in Ruto's Cabinet to be impeached by the National Assembly.

Pkosing revealed that MPs who are against Kuria's importation of GMO maize would begin collecting signatures on Wednesday, November 23 to initiate Kuria's impeachment.

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