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Reject President Ruto’s GMO maize, Raila tells Kenyans

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has urged Kenyans to vehemently oppose the President Ruto administration’s plan to import Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) foods.

On Sunday, Odinga said at a press conference that the action abandons Kenyan farmers’ seeds, soils, and ecosystems for the benefit of foreigners and their businesses.

“It’s a betrayal of our country and our people. The UDA regime will subject Kenyans to unproven and dangerous foods in an attempt to please international interests,” Odinga said.

Odinga accused the Ruto cabinet of making the decision without consulting the public and forewarned of its disastrous consequences.

He added that the Ruto administration was acting as a puppet for foreign corporations rather than on behalf of Kenya.

Odinga asserted that no scientific study has shown that GMO foods will benefit the nation and that the President should have permitted Kenyan universities to conduct research.

“We challenge the government to show us the study it is relying on to bring us GMO,” he said.

“GMO is a new form of colonialism that will leave us dependent on the foreign nations,” he added.

Odinga said GMOs can completely wipe out native and natural crops leaving Kenyans dependent on seeds and foods produced by GMO multinationals.

He subsequently urged President Ruto to utilize the institutions in order to develop crops that can withstand climate change.

The ODM party leader also asked Trade CS Moses Kuria to apologize over his remarks on GMO foods and death.

“We call upon Kuria and the UDA regime to apologize to the Kenyan people.  Officials who lack scientific literacy on such serious matters must never use their office to demean the Kenyan people as though we are a helpless, enslaved lot,” he said.

On Thursday, Moses Kuria announced government plans to allow the import of both GMO and non-GMO maize duty-free for the next six months.

President William Ruto overturned a 10-year ban on the importation or cultivation of genetically modified crops (GMOs) in the nation during his second cabinet meeting in October, ushering in a new era for the nation’s precarious agricultural industry.

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